Thursday, November 15, 2012

Thanksgiving Trivia by Elanie F. and Adrian G.

Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the second Monday in October in Canada.
President George Washington issued the first national Thanksgiving Day Proclamation in the year 1789 and again in 1795.
Congress passed an official proclamation in 1941 and declared that now onwards Thanksgiving will be observed as a legal holiday on the fourth Thursday of November every year.

They celebrated the first Thanksgiving Day at Plymouth, Massachusetts.
For every 4 pounds of turkey, you need to refrigerate for one day.
In Canada, people celebrate Thanksgiving in October.
First celebration: in 1621, lasted 3 days.
The word “turkey” is said to come from the Hebrew word “Tukki” which means “big bird”
The busiest day of traveling of the year is the Friday after Thanksgiving.
In October of 1777, George Washington declared an “all colony Thanksgiving” because he felt very good due to the victory of Saratoga.
Sarah Josepha, an editor of a woman’s magazine, campaigned to make Thanksgiving a national holiday.
Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday, hoping it would unite a divided country.
Thanksgiving is a combination of the New England tradition of celebrating after harvest and the Puritan Sabbath tradition of prayer, fasting and feasting.  Although the religious importance of Thanksgiving has faded with time, the holiday is a reminder of the religious groups shaped the history of the United States.     
Thanksgiving is used to to teach children about what it means to be a good citizen in a free country.  

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