Sunday, November 13, 2016

Thanksgiving-Origin and traditions

With thanksgiving around the corner, knowing the traditions and origins are important.
The most commonly known origin is when the 'Pilgrims' settled in and learnt to grow crops. With gratitude for what they received from their fields. 

1) Thanksgiving meal: Eating a turkey is a must. The turkey is main course for the 'thanksgiving' meal. Hybrid meats like chicken inside a duck and the duck inside a turkey. It is nicknamed as 'turducken'. The other food included in the meal are:

  • Apple Cider
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Custard
  • Candy Canes
  • Buttered Rum
  • Ham
  • Egg Nog
  • Fruit Cake
  • Plum Pudding
  • Mixed Nuts
  • Stuffing
  • Dumplings
  • Fudge
  • Pies
The President of America also releases a turkey, modern custom called TURKEY PARDON started by John F. Kennedy.

2) Official holiday: The entire country enjoys a holiday on Thanksgiving. The last Thursday of November was proclaimed as 'Thanksgiving' by President Abraham Lincoln.
There are other customs like Pigskin holiday for football lovers and Macy's Parade which is an actual parade with Macy's employees in colourful costumes of clowns and jugglers walking down six miles.

Basically a harvest festival, thanksgiving has been connected to other harvest festivals around the world. Like in India, harvest festival is known by the names of Pongal, Baisakhi, Lohri, Makar Sakranti, Bihu depending on which region celebrates it.

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