After Christmas, Thanksgiving is the second most popular family holiday in the US. Millions of Americans set sail to visit their relatives and spend the feast with their family. But what do we know about the great tradition? Let us share some fun facts with you about the national Turkey Day.
The story began in 1621. The very first winter of the settlers arriving to the area of today’s Massachusetts was really cold. They were short on food, many of them were getting weak and sick. The Indians helped the Pilgrims to survive by teaching them to hunt and grow plants – to thank the Indians, Governor William Bradford threw a feast. The tradition of Thanksgiving was legitimized on 26 November, 1941 when it officially became a national holiday, celebrated each year on the 4th Thursday of November. Americans get a day off from work and prepare their famous, traditional Thanksgiving meal and spend some time with their family.
An absolutely essential part of the holiday is – of course – the huge, stuffed turkey, that seems like a grandiose ornament of Thanksgiving decorations – that is why it’s called Turkey Day or T-Day. There are some great additions to the colossal bird, like cranberry sauce, mashed potato but some pumpkin pie can also be found on the festive menu.
Many people travel around the States to visit their loved ones for Thanksgiving. According to Google, air traffic looks like this around the holiday:
A fun fact is that the president of the United States spares a turkey’s life each year so the animal can escape from getting served on the festive table – the lucky bird wins the title of “Turkey of the United States”.
This year, Barack Obama POTUS – President of the United States – spared not one, but two turkeys, the lives of Honest and Abe. Abe proudly became „TOTUS — the Turkey of the United States”.
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