Thursday, January 2, 2014

History of Thanksgiving day.

It’s already the beginning of December with cold weather on the rise. We just passed Thanksgiving Day which is one of the biggest holiday. This year’s Thanksgiving date was November 28th. Thanksgiving Day has occurred 392 times since the first Thanksgiving Day in 1621.

   Thanksgiving Day was held by Pilgrims & Indians. They were in a bad relationship but they decided to have a peaceful day called Thanksgiving Day.

   The purpose was helping each other and appreciating about harvest with families & neighborhoods.

   Pilgrims & Indianswere usually share the food with people and take a rest. Traditional foods are Turkey & pumpkin pie.

·         Turkey: The origin of the tradition of eating turkey on Thanksgiving is not clear. However, according to one theory, Queen Elizabeth of the16th century, after learning that the Spanish Armada had sunk on its way to attack England, ordered another meal of goose meat thus making geese a tradition of celebrating the harvest. This was later changed to turkey by the Pilgrims because wild turkeys were more abundant and easier to find than geese. Source-ask

·         Pumpkin pie: was not really pumpkin pie back then. It was known that the first settlers complained about the lack of flavor in pumpkin offered by the natives who simply roasted the squash in the ashes of a fire and ate it. To make the gourd more palatable it is likely the pilgrims cut the top off the pumpkin, added milk honey and spices. They would then simply roast the whole thing beside the fire and scoop out the pulp.

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   These days we have several more traditions.

·         Black Friday:

The day after Thanks giving, noted as the first day of traditional Christmas shopping, during which crowds of consumers are drawn to special offers by retailers.

·         Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade:

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is an annual parade presented by the U.S. chain store business Macy's. The tradition started in 1924, tying it for the second-oldest Thanksgiving parade in the United States along with America's Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit. The three-hour Macy's event is held in New York City starting at 9:00 a.m. EST on Thanksgiving Day.

·         Watching football games:

   This is one of the many traditions in American culture that is associated with Thanksgiving Day. Virtually every level of football, from amateur and high school to college, plays football on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday) or the immediately following holiday weekend.

·         Thanksgiving break from school:

For Thanksgiving, Schoolsallow students and teachers a week off to celebrate the holiday.

·         Hunting:

Thanksgiving break is a great time to huntsince deer season

Begins on Monday.

 

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