Too Much Of Turkey, Less Of History: Thanksgiving Facts
Oh its thanksgiving and not eating the turkey is almost a crime, 91% of Americans eat Turkey on this occasion so who are you to deny the tradition? For the history buffs who would like to have a piece of the past before digging into roast turkeys, here are some insightful facts about Thanksgiving:
- The first Thanksgiving perhaps never had Turkey in the menu, while the exact records of the menu are not available , Pilgrim chronicler Edward Winslow wrote in his journal that although Governor Bradford advised his men to catch fowl, but they returned with five deer. All the food was cooked with Native American spices. Some believe lobster, seals and swans were also on the Pilgrims’ menu.
- Whatever we know about Thanksgiving is based on just two passages. The first passage comes from a letter written by Edward Winslow to a friend in December 1621 which talked about the harvest festival. The second proof comes from the passage written by William Bradford on what happened twenty years ago.
2.The original Thanksgiving lasted for 3 days. It is believed that ancient people had a long tradition of saying thanks to God for several days.
3.Only half aboard the Mayflower were Pilgrims who sought for a land where they can practice their religion freely, rest were lured by the promise of land ownership.
4.Unlike pumpkin pies and other sweets, the first Thanksgiving did not include cakes, pies or any sorts of desserts in the menu. Not even cranberry sauce; by the way, Americans consume 20% of cranberries during Thanksgiving.
5.In 1789 George Washington issued the first Thanksgiving proclamation, he called upon Americans to express their gratitude for the conclusion to the country’s war of independence.
6.New York was the first state to officially adopt Thanksgiving as the national holiday.
7.In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln scheduled Thanksgiving on the final Thursday of November on the face of brutalities faced by commoners during the Civil War.
8.During the great depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt moved the holiday up a week in order to boost sales, however he signed a bill later which scheduled the holiday on the fourth Thursday of November.
While we celebrate Thanksgiving in our modern ways that we have adopted in recent times, may we remember the abundant season of harvest for which Thanksgiving was celebrated originally.
AWSUSA wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving. Cheers!