Delicious and mouthwatering turkey, wine and amazing food – remember something? Yes, that’s Thanksgiving we are talking about. People in USA, Canada, Liberia and a few Caribbean Islands celebrate this day as a National Holiday. People celebrate, people feast and people pray…But, not many people are aware of some of the most fascinating facts about this holiday. In this article on Thanksgiving facts, we are going to share some interesting and weird facts about this holiday. So, roll up your sleeves and get ready for 25 awesome facts about Thanksgiving.
Awesome Thanksgiving Facts: 1-12
1. The very first time Thanksgiving started was in the year 1621. Only half of the pilgrims survived while sailing on Mayflower. They celebrated Thanksgiving because they were grateful to be alive.
2. The pilgrims celebrated the Thanksgiving with the Wampanoag Indians. It was a three-day feast but not just one day.
3. George Washington issued the first national Thanksgiving proclamation in the year 1789 and then in the year 1795.
4. Americans have to thank Sarah Josepha Hale who struggled from 1827 to make Thanksgiving a national event and to make Thanksgiving Day a national holiday for Americans. She even wrote the rhyme “Mary had a little lamb.” She was called as “Mother of Thanksgiving.”
5. In 1863, 3rd October Abe Lincoln fulfilled her dream. He officially declared that every fourth Thursday of November would be considered as the Thanksgiving Day.
6. However, it should be mentioned that before Abe Lincoln, every president used to proclaim a day for Thanksgiving annually.
7. A problem showed up in 1933 when Franklin D. Roosevelt was President. That year, November had 5 Thursdays. So, small retailers who wanted to benefit more from oncoming Christmas shopping spree, asked Roosevelt to move Thanksgiving one week up so that there are more days for shopping. Roosevelt did not agree to this and people ended up eating their turkey on the last Thursday of the month.
8. Roosevelt was in office for quite long. Long enough to reach 1939 when it was another year with 5 Thursdays. This time again, the retailers made the same demand.
9. Christmas shopping starts the day after the Thanksgiving Day that is on Friday. That Friday is called Black Friday. To take an advantage of this custom the president F.D. Roosevelt made third Thursday of November as the Thanksgiving Day in 1939 to make shopping season last longer and with this he thought that even people will buy more. He did this to increase economy.
10. Many states did not agree and people there celebrated Thanksgiving on the last Thursday (that is the 5th Thursday). Many others relished Turkey on the 4th Thursday, that is a week ahead of others.
11. At last in 1941, on 26th December, the Congress declared that the holiday for Thanksgiving Day was to be celebrated only and only on 4th Thursday of every November.
12. If you think only Americans celebrate Thanksgiving Day, then you are thinking wrong. Even Canadians celebrate but before their American counterparts. They celebrate Thanksgiving Day on second Monday of October every year.