Celebrating Thanksgiving With 8 Interesting Facts

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner and we are sure that everybody has big plans for the week. Here we list 8 interesting facts about this centuries-old tradition. Hope you enjoy reading them!

  1. Remember Sarah Josepha Hale? She is the famous American author who wrote the nursery rhyme “Mary had a little lamb”. Hale campaigned for close to 20 years before Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November as a Thanksgiving holiday.
  2. Sarah Josepha Hale is also credited with introducing traditional recipes for Thanksgiving dinner, which include turkey, pumpkin pie, stuffing and cranberry sauce.
  3. The first Thanksgiving took place in 1621 when the Wampanoag Indians dined with the Plymouth Pilgrims. The thanksgiving feast included wild turkeys, deer, corn and barley.
  4. In 1947, Harry Truman became the first President to pardon turkeys, a tradition that has been carried over till this day.
  5. Popular folklore suggests that Abraham Lincoln was the first to informally pardon a turkey – he did so when he pardoned his son Tad’s turkey.
  6. Residents of the Virgin Islands celebrate two Thanksgivings – the national holiday as well as October 19, which is known as Hurricane Thanksgiving Day.
  7. Thanksgiving Day is ranked busiest day for travelers – Americans travel the most on this day!
  8. Cranberries – a staple part of Thanksgiving feasts – were popularly used by Native Americans to treat wounds.

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