Why is Thanksgiving celebrated on a Thursday?

This Thursday, November 24, the Thanksgiving Day or Thanksgiving (in English), one of the most important holidays in the United States, where thousands of families will gather to celebrate the day with a dinner.

Thanksgiving Day is celebrated the fourth Thursday of November; however, why is that day of the week special?

In 1863, the president Abraham Lincoln made the official proclamation that the American people celebrate the last Thursday in November as a “day of praise and thanksgiving with the Creator”.

Likewise, in 1939 it was brought forward to the fourth Thursday of November by the former president Franklin Rooseveltwith the intention of extend the holiday shopping period and stimulate economic activity during the great depression.

family dinner tradition

The great Thanksgiving tradition of gathering all the family in a house for dinner the mythical turkey. The turkey is usually accompanied by a lighter first course that is usually a pumpkin cream, garnishes such as brussels sprouts or sweet potatoes and desserts such as pumpkin pie or apple pie, and even a carrot cake.

Why do you eat turkey on Thanksgiving?

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The turkey is one of the stellar dishes in the celebration and perhaps the most important and enduring tradition.

According to the history of the first supper in 1621recalled by William Bradford in the story Of Plymouth Plantation, Plymouth Pilgrims added waterfowl, venison, lobster and wild turkey to their dinners as their main course, but not as elaborate as it is currently prepared.

It is believed that the Pilgrims mainly hunted wild turkey, which was abundant in the Plymouth area.

Edward Winslow, author of Mourt’s Relation; A Journal of the Pilgrims at Plymouth says that the pilgrims were in charge of collecting wild birds, without specifying one in particular, since they could well have been ducks or geese.

Bradford’s theory served to give rise to advocates that Thanksgiving should become a national holiday date and that turkey be promoted as the main dish, since it is an exclusively North American bird and common in neighborhoods.

The use of turkeys in USA it predates Abraham Lincoln’s celebration in 1863 when Alexander Hamilton, one of the country’s founding fathers, proclaimed that “no American citizen should refrain from eating it on Thanksgiving.”



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