Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Did You Know...

Abraham Lincoln established Thanksgiving as an annual holiday to be held on the last Thursday in November, where as earlier the presidents used to make an annual proclamation to specify the day when Thanksgiving was to be held.

The first Thanksgiving celebration lasted three days.  

The first Thanksgiving was celebrated by the Pilgrims  in 1621.

President George Washington issued the first national Thanksgiving Day Proclamation in the year 1789 and again in 1795.

The state of New York officially made Thanksgiving Day an annual custom in 1817. 

The Wampanoag Indians were the people who taught the Pilgrims how to cultivate the land. 

Californians are the largest consumers of turkey in the United States. 

Turkeys are the only breed of poultry native to the Western Hemisphere.

Sarah Josepha Hale, an editor with a magazine, started a Thanksgiving campaign in 1827 and it was result of her efforts that in 1863 Thanksgiving was observed as a day for national thanksgiving and prayer. 

The annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade tradition began in the 1920's. 

In 1941, the U.S. Congress passed a resolution making Thanksgiving Day the fourth Thursday in November rather than the last.

Thanksgiving is celebrated in Canada on the second Monday in October.  

The first Thanksgiving wad celebrated in Plymouth, Massachusetts.  

The "drink" that the Puritans brought with them on the Mayflower was beer.

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