- 1 Thanksgiving Day
- 2 Thanksgiving Day
- 2.1 History of Thanksgiving Day
- 2.2 Why is Thanksgiving Day celebrated?
- 2.3 How To Celebrate Thanksgiving Day
- 2.4 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
- 2.5 10 Facts on Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
- 2.6 Why do we eat Turkey on Thanksgiving Day
- 2.7 Public on Thanksgiving Day
- 2.8 Events on Thanksgiving Day
- 2.9 Top 10 Facts about Thanksgiving Day
- 2.10 Facts according to Stats (Source:Census.gov)
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Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday observed in countries like United States (U.S), Canada, Grenada, Liberia and some other countries. Although Thanksgiving Day is part of religion and cultural traditions, it has been celebrated also as a secular holiday. It is celebrated on different dates. In Canada, it is celebrated on the second Monday of October, which is October 9, 2017, this year. Whereas, in the United States, it is observed on 3rd Monday of November, which is November 23, 2017, this year. The date was set by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1939.
History of Thanksgiving Day
There are several claims to when Thanksgiving Day was held first. One of which is it was held in the city of El Paso, Texas in 1598. However, an early event was in 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the First Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. However, it was celebrated on different days in different communities and in some places, there were more than one Thanksgiving each year. George Washington, the first president of the United States, proclaimed the first national Thanksgiving Day in 1789. Moreover, it wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November. You can also find YouTube video on History of Thanksgiving on Youtube below.
Why is Thanksgiving Day celebrated?
Thanksgiving Day is a nation’s dedicated holiday to let people be with their family and friends. The main purpose of this day is to thank for all of the blessings and helps received throughout the year from your family or friends. Although, the history is:
Squanto taught the Pilgrims essential agricultural information, like how to plant and cultivate corn, which plants were poisonous, and how to get sap from maple trees. It was with his assistance that the Pilgrims forged an alliance with the Wampanoag. And this is where the mythic vision of Thanksgiving begins. With a successful corn harvest, the Pilgrims and Wampanoag had a three-day feast to celebrate and give thanks. Source: The Culture Trip (Check for More)
Thanksgiving Day is celebrated by people nearly as much as Christmas Day or even more. However, the trend of celebrating the Thanksgiving Day has been changed. Although the main purpose of celebrating Thanksgiving Day was to give thanks and appreciation, it focuses on foods these days.
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How To Celebrate Thanksgiving Day
Generally, people view Thanksgiving Day as a family-oriented holiday or an event. So, as the name suggests, people spend this day with family, relatives and friends thanking them. For their support and love. It usually involves lots of food and some fun activities. Like quizzes or even writing and reciting the Thanksgiving speeches or poems they write for their loved ones. Dinner typically includes a turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and gravy. This meal concludes with making a wish. Sweet potatoes, cornbread and cranberry sauce often accompany the meal.
Just before the meal, people might also love to watch Macy’s Thanksgiving Day along with their kids on television. However, the other thing to do on television would be watching football. Alternatively, you can also play football with friends and families making the relationship even better, friendly and lively.
On this day, people are seen to be actively involved in charity work such as giving food to poor people. Communities have annual food drives on this day. For the distribution of non-perishable packaged and canned foods to poor people.
Additionally, Thanksgiving holiday weekend is one of the busiest travel periods of the year. The Thanksgiving Eve night is also the busiest night of the year for bars and clubs. It is celebrated so much going out in the bar that it is also known as BlackOut Thursday. BlackOut basically means memory loss due to excessive alcohol. People can hit the bar this day as they are off the next day. Blackout Day can be more popular than New Year’s Eve or Christmas Eve.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
It was necessary to include Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as it is the world’s largest parade. It is based in New York City and is presented by the U.S. based department store chain Macy’s. A number of episodes so far as of July 7 or Nov 24, 2016, is 90. It is located in Central Park to Macy’s Herald Square. The running time for the parade is 3 hours including the commercials. Balloons are featured in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade over the years. For more details on Balloons by year, you can follow on Wikipedia here. You can also find some YouTube videos on Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
10 Facts on Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
- It was initially themed Christmas-themed
- The Balloons are directed by Balloons Pilots
- People who want to volunteer to walk with balloons have to meet certain requirements
- It takes about 90 minutes to inflate a giant balloon.
- The average life of a balloon is eight years.
- On average, balloons are filled with enough helium to lift 746 pounds.
- The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade also has its own App.
- $510,000 in helium costs and $138,573 in taxes, with $810,000 to $2.7 million for float costs.
- More than 4,000 Macy’s employees volunteer on Thanksgiving
- The microphones used by performers during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade are almost always non-functioning.
Why do we eat Turkey on Thanksgiving Day
Turkey can be seen as the most important dish on Thanksgiving Day. There might not be any other meals like mashed potato and gravy or potato pie on everybody’s table but Turkey is the most. However, besides its popularity, the history of Turkey on Thanksgiving Day is quite a mystery. There are many different theories related to why turkey is used on Thanksgiving Day with so much of importance.
After the Global Flood of Noah’s Day, humans were given permission to eat meat. “Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. I have given you all things, even as the green herbs” (Genesis 9:3). So this being the reason we eat turkey today. God granted us permission to eat meat.
Maybe this Thanksgiving would be a great time to remind your family of God’s gracious provision, even after sin. Since Bradford wrote of how the colonists had hunted wild turkeys during the autumn of 1621. Since turkey is a uniquely American (and scrumptious) bird, it gained traction as the Thanksgiving meal of choice for Americans after Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863. After all, Turkey was once proposed for American National Bird, however, it wasn’t into the act. Moreover, there are very few big birds which can fill up a table full of family.
Public on Thanksgiving Day
Thanksgiving Day is one the busiest time of the year for transport. Public transport does not even operate in the normal or regular timetables. Moreover, seasonal parade and football games also People travel from one place to other for several reasons. Mostly, to visit their family and relatives people travel from one place to the other. Additionally, families might also go out for a weekend and travel somewhere to chill. Thanksgiving Day is given more importance for the reunion of families than any other festival.
Events on Thanksgiving Day
Here is the list of events based on cities.
Frostival- Frostival features ice carver Reverend Butter. The evening also debuts the winter art installations, Firmament and Enchanted Promenade. Located at 1500 McKinney. The evening also debuts the winter art installations, Firmament and Enchanted Promenade. Located at 1500 McKinney.
Outdoor Fun- Take an Airboat Ride, Hit the Boardwalks and Trails at the Everglades, Check out Santa’s Enchanted Forest and Christmas Tree Lighting and Food Truck Invasion at Bayfront Park.
Thanksgiving Weekend Concert
Rooftop Cinema Club, Time Out L.A. is throwing a special dance party 1,000 feet above the city.
Greater Chicago Area
The Thanksgiving Parade also features giant balloons, floats, and marching bands that go north on State Street. From Congress to Randolph, Thanksgiving Dinner, Free day at arboretum at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle.
Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade.
New York City
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
America’s Thanksgiving Parade.
H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Top 10 Facts about Thanksgiving Day
Thanksgiving Day had religious root– However, as of today, Thanksgiving Day is celebrated in secular countries. So most priority goes to spending time with family and thanking them, rather than praying to God.
Pumpkin Pie is not American- Although, Pumpkin Pie is one of the important dishes on Thanksgiving Day, it is originally an English recipe that involved pumpkin and apple baked in a pie crust.
Franklin Roosevelt(FDR) changed the date of Thanksgiving Day- To cope up with American economy following the Great Depression FDR changed the date and moved forward by a week in 1939, 1940 and 1941 to increase the Christmas Shopping Period. However, it wasn’t widely accepted.
Seafood and venison were most likely served at the first Thanksgiving and not turkey- Yes you heard it right it wasn’t turkey all along.
95% of Americans spend the holiday with family- According to the Harris Poll. So, it is a holiday dedicated to Family.
There are three towns in U.S named Turkey
Jingle Bell was originally written for Thanksgiving Day– So, next time you sing, it’s for Thanksgiving Day, not Christmas Day.
Facts according to Stats (Source:Census.gov)
$670+ Million is the estimated amount Americans spend on Thanksgiving turkeys each year, with 46 million turkeys killed for the holiday- Yeah, it’s terrible.
859.0 million pounds- The forecasted weight of cranberries produced in the United States in 2016.
3.1 billion pounds- The total weight of sweet potatoes — another popular Thanksgiving side dish — produced by major sweet potato producing states in 2015.
How many days until Thanksgiving Day 2017
Thanksgiving Day 2017 is on Thursday, 23 November 2017.
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