Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States.
1. The date of the first Thanksgiving is not precisely known though it occurred between September 21 and November 9, 1621.
2. The first Thanksgiving is observed in Plymouth. The Plymouth Pilgrims dined with the Wampanoag Indians for the First Thanksgiving.
3. The First Thanksgiving lasted for three days.
4.It was not until 1941, that congress declared Thanksgiving as a national holiday. It was declared to be the fourth Thursday in November.
5.Although, Thanksgiving is widely considered an American holiday, it is also celebrated on the second Monday in October in Canada.
6. Black Friday is the Friday after Thanksgiving in the United States, where it is the beginning of the traditional Christmas shopping season. This tradition has held forth since at least the 1930s.
7. The different nicknames for Thanksgiving Day:
"Macy’s Day "Yanksgiving"
(Canadians sometimes call the Thanksgiving in the US as "Yanksgiving" to distinguish it from the Canadian Thanksgiving holiday)
8. Turkey is the traditional dish for the Thanksgiving feast.
9. 91% of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving Day.
10. In the US, about 280 million turkeys are sold for the Thanksgiving celebrations.
11. Californians are the largest consumers of turkey in the United States, each year, the average American eats somewhere between 16 - 18 pounds of turkey.
12. Fifty percent of Americans put the stuffing inside the Turkey.
There are regional differences as to the "stuffing" (or "dressing") traditionally served with the turkey. Southerners generally make it from cornbread, while in other parts of the country white bread is the base. One or several of the following may be added: oysters, apples, chestnuts, raisins, celery and/or other vegetables, sausage or the turkey's giblets
Turducken, a turkey stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken, is becoming more popular in Thanksgiving .A turducken is a de-boned turkey stuffed with a de-boned duck, which itself is stuffed with a small de-boned chicken. The cavity of the chicken and the rest of the gaps are filled with, at the very least, a highly seasoned breadcrumb mixture
13. There are three places in the United States named after the holiday’s traditional main course — Turkey, Texas; Turkey Creek, La.; and Turkey, N.C. There are also nine townships around the country named “Turkey,” with three in Kansas.
The average weight of a turkey purchased at Thanksgiving is 15 pounds.
A turkey usually has about 70 percent white meat and 30 percent dark meat.
Turkey has more protein than chicken or beef.
Turkeys will have 3,500 feathers at maturity.
Commercially raised turkeys cannot fly.
Turkeys have poor night vision.
A 16-week-old turkey is called a fryer. A five to seven month old turkey is called a young roaster
Turkeys were one of the first animals in the Americas to be domesticated.
Fossil evidence shows that turkeys roamed the Americas 10 million years ago.
The 'wishbone' of the turkey is used in a good luck ritual on Thanksgiving Day.
The cranberry is a symbol and a modern diet staple of thanksgiving.
About 20%of all cranberries that are consumed in the US per year are eaten on Thanksgiving.
Originally called crane berry, it derived its name from its pink blossoms and drooping head,
Native Americans did not eat cranberries.
They use it for dying fabric and decorating pottery.
Corn is another popular symbols of thanksgiving. It came in many varieties and colors - red, white, yellow and blue.
Some Americans considered blue and white corn sacred.