08/11/2018 Aprende Inglés Today

Thanks Giving Day

What is the history of Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving Day is a celebration that took place back in the year 1621, was celebrated at the Plymouth Plantation, where the religious refugees from England known popularly as the Pilgrims invited the local Native Americans to a harvest feast after a successful growing season.

In the year 1620 half of the pilgrims had starved to death because the harvest had failed.

Members of the local Wampanoag tribe taught the Pilgrims how to grow corn, beans and squash; catch fish, and collect seafood.

There are only two accounts of the 1621 Thanksgiving, but turkey was not on the menu in any of them, the three day feast included goose, lobster, cod and deer.

When is Thanksgiving?

This year Thanksgiving falls on November 22nd.

Thanksgiving traditionally kicks off the “holiday season” in the United States. The day was set in stone by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939; Thanksgiving is always celebrated on the 4th Thursday of November.

Clasic Thanksgiving Dishes

Nowadays turkey is a must in this festivity, but ham, goose , duck or turduken ( a spatchcocked combo of this three birds)  is very common to have in any household on this special day.

Stuffing (also known as dressing): A mix of bread cubes, chopped celery, carrots , onions and sage stuffed inside the turkey for roasting. Chestnuts, chopped bacon or sausages and raisings and apples are sometimes add to the stuffing.

Pies: Pumpkin pies are most common but pecan, apple, sweet potato and mince meat pies are also very popular.


 The Presidential reprieve

Over 50 million turkeys are served up every year in the US. Eating turkey is actually more associated with Thanksgiving than it is Christmas in the States.

Every year, though, the POTUS “pardons” at least one turkey, sparing them from the oven.