Thanksgiving: 5 things you should know about this American holiday

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Read up on the origins of Thanksgiving and other interesting facts about the holiday.

This all you need to know about Thanksgiving.

It is an American holiday that is known all over the world and trends worldwide. If you are curious to know what Thanksgiving is all about you should read below;

1) Celebrated every fourth Thursday in November

 

Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November by Americans, Canadians and some Caribbean nations.

2) It was first celebrated in 1621

 

The holiday was first celebrated in 1621 when the first pilgrims had a huge harvest from their farms. Native Americans helped the pilgrims to fish, hunt and plant crops. In 1620, the pilgrims landed in America rock for the first time and had to endure a harsh winter. This is why the holiday is called Thanksgiving, a celebration of the bountiful harvest. 

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3) It's an official public holiday

 

Thanksgiving was declared a national holiday in 1863 and is now one of the most famous American holidays.

4) Turkey is the official bird of Thanksgiving

 

The American national holiday is not complete without turkey and pumpkin. At dinner tables across America, a plate of turkey is a must as well as pumpkin. Its an American tradition that has been passed on for centuries. It has been estimated that Americans eat 46 million turkeys each Thanksgiving.

5) A Turkey is pardoned every year

 

Each Thanksgiving, the President of America spares a turkey from being slaughtered and eaten. The tradition started in  1947 by President Truman. It hasn't been broken since then.



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