For us who don’t celebrate this holiday, there are some interesting facts and figures to take a look at:
–> The story says the pilgrim forefathers used to give thanks to their god for the harvest, family, friends and possessions.
–> In 1621, Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared a harvest festival. That is acknowledged as the first official Thanksgiving in the colonies, despite a group settlers in Virginia supposedly celebrated a Thanksgiving day 2 years earlier.
–> The early days of Thanksgiving were celebrated by different states on different dates, so in 1789, President George Washington chose November 26th as the official Thanksgiving Day, although his successors later changed the day.
–> In 1941, Franklin D Roosevelt settled the argument once and for all and decided Thanksgiving would be celebrated the fourth Thursday of November.
–> Nowadays, 91% of the Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving Day. The average American eats 6.27 kilos of turkey a year (13.8 lbs.)
–> Turkeys were nominated to be National Bird of America by Benjamin Franklin who considered them “a respectable emblem of the US”… Luckily, the bald eagle won.
–> Turkey was the first meal eaten on the moon by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.
–> Once a year, the President of the United States of America pardons a turkey, which is an annual presidential tradition.
There is one official duty I am sworn to uphold as leader of the most powerful nation on earth… granting a presidential pardon to a pair of turkeys: Barack Obama.
–> Some activists say the turkeys which receive the presidential pardon die within the next couple of weeks anyway, due to their overweight.
As President of the United States, you are hereby pardoned from the Thanksgiving dinner table. May you have a wonderful and joyful life at Mount Vernon. God bless you… and god bless the United States of America.
November 25th, 2010.
Information by Well I Never (Yahoo).