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Amazing Facts about Thanksgiving Day
Traditional Facts About Thanksgiving Day
- The first Thanksgiving Day was celebrated by only 50 pilgrims in 1621.
- In 1863 president Lincoln declared Thanksgiving Day as the national holiday. Actually, Sarah Josepha Hale (writer of “Mary Had a Little Lamb”)convinced him for this by writing letters for a period of 17 years.
- During the first Thanksgiving Day, no turkey was eaten and it was started long after that event.
- The principal aim of Thanksgiving Day was to thank God for the harvest of their crop and better crop ahead in next year.
- At the first Thanksgiving Day, no forks were used because they were not invented at that time.
Modern Facts About Thanksgiving Day
- Since 1947, every year on the occasion of Thanksgiving Day, US president pardons a turkey and save it from being eaten. It was first started by President Truman in 1947. This year on Thanksgiving Day 2018, President Donald Trump will perform this ceremony.
- President Lincoln declares Thanksgiving Day to be celebrated on fourth Thursday of November every year. This year it will be celebrated on 22 November 2018.
- Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is an attracting event on Thanksgiving Day. The first parade was held in 1924 with 400 individuals in New York City.
- Special games of NFL (National Football League) was started in 1924 on Thanksgiving Day. Initially, two games were played but in 2006, a third game was also added. Different club teams like Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons, Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints take part in this amazing event.
- How fast can a turkey run? A wild turkey can run up to a speed of 20 miles per hour but domesticated turkey can’t due to heavy body weight.