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10 Interesting Facts about Thanksgiving

“Thanksgiving” is around the corner. In Anglo-Saxon countries like the US and Canada it is one of the most common festivities in which the lack of roast turkey, cakes and a family atmosphere is forbidden. It is not linked to any religion but rather to think of the things you are grateful.


There are many stories day after Thanksgiving, certainly you do not expect it! Here are ten of them:

  1. When the English settlers and Native Americans ate together after the first harvest, they ate lobster, seals and swans. Something very different to what we now eat on this day: turkey, cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes.
  2. This day was not a national holiday in the US until 1863, later more than 200 years that the English settlers came to Massachusetts.
  3. Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving Day holiday, President Roosevelt (1941) decided to be held on the fourth Thursday of November.
  4. In Canada it is celebrated on the second Monday of October. Because Canada is farther north than the United States, so the harvest ends almost two months earlier.
  5. The first was held in Canada was in 1879, but only the current date is set at 1957.
  6. Two of the dishes normally eaten at Thanksgiving are natives of America: The turkey and cranberries. Sometimes pumpkins and sweet potatoes are also used.
  7. The first parade in New York was in 1924 when employees of Macy Animal Zoo Central Park through the streets of Manhattan. Snoopy balloon always appears in the parade to commemorate the moment.
  8. Between 1939 and 1941, Texas and Colorado celebrating Thanksgiving twice in November, because governments could not decide which day celebration.
  9. Many Thanksgiving dinners end with people in the hospital for indigestion. In English it is called “food coma” for the dream you have after such feasts. Some say it is caused by a chemical in turkey, tryptophan, others say it’s only for going to eat.
  10. Although the Pilgrims came to Cape Cod in Massachusetts, they had planned to arrive in New York City at the mouth of the Hudson River.






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In which countries is Thanksgiving celebrated?

Every year, millions of people around the world celebrate one of the most popular traditional festivals: the day of Thanksgiving. This will greatly draws attention to many, as often thought that it is a celebration that belongs only to North America. Have not you ever wondered where they celebrated Thanksgiving or if anything is as important outside that territory? Well today we will learn various aspects of the day of Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Day

To better understand why the day is celebrated Thanksgiving in countries where this is done, let’s start talking about what is in itself. Primarily and historically it is a festival of religious nature related to crops. Essentially and beyond the different ways in which it is carried out, for example today, this is it and actually held in various parts of the world.

Why? Because the festivities of this type have been developed from ancient times to celebrate a good harvest and a productive year between family and loved ones. Although different countries are held at different times and in different ways, the origin of the celebration is often attributed to the North American region, particularly the United States and Canada.

On this day, the whole family gets together and a great feast for dinner is prepared. At dinner each participant welcomes your blessings: it is thanks to God for the bounty of the year, as well as the loved ones and family members who have provided support in the course of it. The banquet usually consists of a main and traditional dish, for example in the United States with a particular turkey cornbread stuffing and sage, accompanied by sauces or jellies sweets and many vegetables are prepared, as well as nuts and fruits dry.

Countries which celebrate Thanksgiving Day

The day of Thanksgiving in the US

As already he mentioned, even though virtually all cultures have a celebration exactly or very similar to this, undeniably, none is as popular as the US. In the US Thanksgiving Day (Thanksgiving Day) is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November.

Thanksgiving Day in Canada

Another country with tradition this celebration is Canada, although there is celebrated on the second Monday of October.
What happens elsewhere in the world

Moreover it is noteworthy that, in its way, is also celebrated in several parts of India, where the party takes names as Thai Pongal, Baisakhi, Lohri and Onam, among others. It is not completely the same festival and although all have a background that itself may be considered identical, each is very different from another.

Perhaps most interesting, at least I so consideré- it is that Thanksgiving Day is also celebrated in parts of Asia. Examples are the celebrations of crops in China, Malaysia and Korea. However, there is something that characterizes all these alike and is the harmonious and peaceful atmosphere of gratitude, peace, peace and love of family.







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