Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrated mainly in United States of America. It is celebrated on the fourth week of November on Thursday. So this time the Thanksgiving day will be held on 22 November 2012. Because of the long standing celebrations the thanksgiving day extend to Sunday and the long weekend is counted as the Holiday to enjoy the special event fully. It is actually the traditional time to reflect and pray for the good fortune and plentiful harvest . You can make your Thanksgiving day special by saying grace before meals and also saying graces after meals. Most of the Americans celebrate the wonderful event by cooking large feats, inviting dozens of people to fun food party, watching football play or a match, drinking wine and having a comfortable rest on the couch with a plenty of food buzz to enjoy with. Apart from all the quality time , Americans put in for this long never ending weekend. We have collected some of the best Fun Facts of Thanksgiving Day. Lets have a look at these and See these amazing yet least known facts about this special day and wonderful event of Thanksgiving.
The day after the Thanksgiving day is usually known as Black Friday. It is actually the shopping day for Christmas and the busiest shopping day of the year in United States. It was not the official holiday but people do celebrate the Thanksgiving by going on a long weekend. The Black Friday is the most busiest shopping day and hundreds and thousands of people shop at Wall mart and other different places.
9. 45 Million Turkeys Are Consumed Every Year
As the special event is dedicated to cook and eating Turkeys on Thanksgiving day. According to a report it is said that Americans do consume more than 45 Million Turkeys only on this single day. The whooping count of the Turkey consumption is the largest on the earth on the day. It is said that the total Population of USA may spend almost five billion Dollars on Turkeys at Thanksgiving 2012.
8. Tryptophan Fact
Some people assume that the amino acid L-Tryptophan present in the Turkey meat and dishes make you feel sleepy and can cause dizziness.But its not the main fact of getting sleepy or lazy at times on Thanksgiving. Actually what happens is that you eat a lot of dinner and because of over eating you may feel like having dizziness after Thanksgiving meals.
7. President Pardons Two Turkeys
It is one of the most weird fact of the Thanksgiving that the President of the USA comes to public on the day and pardons the two special Turkeys in front of a large crowd and then the Turkeys are sent to some farm house to make them healthy and let them rest in peace. We are really excited to see this time Obama’s pardon of the turkeys in front of White House.
6. Biggest Night for Bar Sales
Thanksgiving day has now become the essential part of the lives of American people. According to some stats and surveys its heard that the day before the thanksgiving is the biggest night for bar sales. The bar sales on this night even exceeds that on New Year or St. Patrick day. Now you can imagine the popularity of the Thanksgiving in US.
5. Celebrations in Space
Not only on this planet are Americans celebrating this huge event but people and astronauts outside the earth also don’t let to miss their Thanksgiving celebrations, apart from getting so much away from their friends and family. The people working in NASA say that they celebrate their day by smoking Turkeys and remembering their loved ones.
4. Most Popular Parade in North America
In 1924, a lot of people emerged from North America to make a long six miles parade in which they dressed up to be clowns, cowboys and knights. To make the event more catchy they got the live animals to with them and marched along on thanksgiving. This was the most successful parade ever held in USA. So to keep the things live they now do the parade every year in North America and New York and more than 3.5 Million people participate in the parade of Thanksgiving.
3. Football Plays
Football is the most popular game on the earth, but Americans do have a holy crush on Football on Thanksgiving. The craze for watching and playing Football on the Thanksgiving day started in 1934 and after a big century it has still been the most popular leisure time on the special event. Many football plays are still played on TV at thanksgiving.
2. Abraham Lincoln Made It An Official Holiday
Before 1863, people used to celebrate Thanksgiving day but there was not an official holiday for the special event. But in the era of Abraham Lincoln people urged the president to make it an official Holiday and thus Abraham Lincoln in 1863 announced a proclamation saying that Every last November Thursday will be celebrated as an official holiday to thank the nature blessings.
1. First Thanksgiving Had No Turkey
The first Thanksgiving was a 3 day harvest celebrated by English Protestants and or Pilgrims in 1621. They celebrated the occasion in forest. But the really surprising thing is that their feast do not match the Thanksgiving we celebrate nowadays. According to the old scholars it is said that the first Thanksgiving feast of the old protestants was the combination of deer meat, shell fish and corn. But we only cook and eat loads and tons of Turkeys. Isn’t it really the least known fact people may not know. Although they did the feast in their farms and there were a lot of Wild Turkeys in the area but there seems no proof that they cooked or ate Turkey at the time.