Thanksgiving 2020: Thanksgiving history and fun facts you should know.

Thanksgiving 2020: Thanksgiving history and fun facts you should know.

Thanksgiving is an official American holiday celebrating one of the country’s founding myths. It also marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping season.
What day is it today?
Thanksgiving falls not on a specific calendar day, but on the fourth Thursday of November each year.
Who started it?
Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863, although harvest festivals were already traditional.
Wasn’t it a pilgrim?
Thanksgiving is inspired by the feast of 1621 known by the group of Protestant Puritans today as pilgrims after their first successful harvest in the “New World”.
After landing on the Mayflower in Massachusetts last year, half died in a severe winter last year. Newcomers had to rely on the help of Native American tribes or in some cases stolen from them.
But were they not friends?
The Wampanoag Native Americans, some of whom were on Thanksgiving before, helped the settlers to farm. They signed a treaty in the spring before the legendary feast, but later settlers tried to take their land. Many Native Americans do not celebrate Thanksgiving.
So what happens?
Americans have a day and usually gather for a feast and watch an American football game on television. Also on TV is Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Three hours long, it is said to be the largest in the world and is known for its giant balloons that are stuck between the skyscrapers of New York’s Fifth Avenue.
Sounds like fun not always. Family tensions over politics may boil over to Donald Trump today, but they are nothing new as shown in Woody Allen’s 1986 film “Hannah and Sisters”.
And did nothing to get home at a better time than Steve Martin and John Candy in “Trains, Planes, and Automobiles” (1987).
what’s on the menu?
Back in the 17th century, the first Thanksgiving came heavily on deer, corn and shellfish. A common menu these days consists of stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, and a turkey of pie, usually including apples and pumpkin.
Where else is it celebrated?
Canada, Brazil, Liberia and the Caribbean islands of Granada and St. Lucia have their own versions of the feast (dates vary).
Black friday
The day after Thanksgiving is called “Black Friday” and is the largest shopping day of the year in the US, with the exception of being blinded. It is considered the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. It is said to be because it often draws retail businesses from red to black.

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