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Thanksgiving. Tessica Burley. History. Thanksgiving Day is a harvest festival. Traditionally, it is a time to give thanks for the harvest and express gratitude in general.

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  • Thanksgiving Day is a harvest festival. Traditionally, it is a time to give thanks for the harvest and express gratitude in general.
  • It is primarily a United States and Canada holiday which has generally become a national secular holiday with religious origins.
  • The date and location of the first Thanksgiving celebration is a topic of modest contention.
  • Though the earliest attested Thanksgiving celebration was on September 8, 1565 in what is now Saint Augustine, Florida, the traditional "first Thanksgiving" is venerated as having occurred at the site of Plymouth Plantation, in 1621.
  • After that, Thanksgiving was held fairly randomly. Thanksgiving days were proclaimed annually by the US Congress from 1777 to 1783 which, except for 1782, were all celebrated in December.
  • George Washington declared Thanksgiving in 1789 and 1795, and John Adams in 1798 and 1799. James Madison declared Thanksgiving twice in 1815. None of these were celebrated in the autumn
  • Today, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States.
  • Thanksgiving dinner is held on this day, usually as a gathering of family members and friends.
  • Turkey is the traditional dish for the Thanksgiving feast.
  • In the US, about 280 million turkeys are sold for the Thanksgiving celebrations.
  • There is no official reason or declaration for the use of turkey.
  • They just happened to be the most plentiful meat available at the time of the first Thanksgiving in 1621, starting the tradition.
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  • Benjamin Franklin wanted the national bird to be a turkey.
  • The First Thanksgiving lasted for three days.
  • The first Thanksgiving was not a feast, but rather a time when Native Americans helped Pilgrims by bringing them food and helping them build off the land.
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  • Every President since Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving Day. But in 1939, 1940, and 1941 Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed Thanksgiving the third Thursday in November to lengthen the holiday shopping season. This upset people.
  • More than 40 million green bean casseroles are served on Thanksgiving.
  • Twenty percent of cranberries eaten are eaten on Thanksgiving.