W hile you are preparing, eating or feeling drowsy on your thanksgiving, just ponder upon these really awesome facts about Thanksgiving. May you enjoy a bountiful Thanksgiving and a joyous holiday season.
The First Thanksgiving was held in 1621 A.D. It was attended by 50 pilgrims and 90 Wampanoag Indians and it lasted for 3 days. (In picture- Oil Canvas by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris recreated the black and white painting in color)
A work of art suggests the time when Abraham Lincoln made the thanksgiving a national holiday.
It took 17 years and hundreds of letters to make it possible. (In Pic - Thank you Sarah, a book on Sarah's life)
NFL Thanksgiving Classic games begin in 1920 and since then the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys have hosted games on Turkey Day. (In Pic- A Green Bay Packers fan pokes fun at the Detroit Lions during Thursday's traditional Thanksgiving day game in Detroit)
The first thanksgiving didn't host a turkey. It had pumpkin but no pumpkin pie. They also didn't had mashed potatoes and no cranberry sauce.
According to Guiness book of records, it belongs to Philip Cook, a farmer of Teacroft Turkey Ltd. Turkey's name was Tyson and it fetched Philip a whooping $6,692 in an auction.
President Truman kick started the first turkey pardon ceremony in 1947. Every year, the president spares a turkey from being eaten. President Obama pardoned Courage at last thanksgiving, a turkey who was flown to disneyland later.
A perfect Californian dinner.
In 1953, Swanson had so much turkey that a salesman told them that they should package them with other side to sweet potatoes.
Macy's Thanksgiving Parade began in 1924. There were 400 employees and it went from Convent Avenue to 145th street in New York City. It featured live animals from central zoo. (In picture: Snoopy at the parade in 2013)
Earlier Thanksgiving was meant to thank God and pray, people still pray but earlier they abstained from having such a feast.
US troops in London's Westminster Cathedral during a Thanksgiving service, 1942 A.D.