Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving Day

On the picture, the first Thanksgiving meal of the Pilgrims, at the site of Plymouth Plantation, in 1621.

In spite of being a secular holiday, the origin of this festivity was religious. It was a time to give thanks for the first harvest after the arrival and settlement of the Pilgrims from the Mayflower. In those hard days, Native Indians taught the newcomers how to cook new staples and survive in a different country. Hence this celebration remains through years in order to express respect and gratitude in general.
Nowadays, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States. The typical Thanksgiving dinner, a roasted stuffed turkey in cranberry sauce, baked beans, creamed potatoes with gravy and pumpkin pie gathers families and friends around. It is a tradition to send loving and best wishes messages to their relatives, classmates or colleagues at work. They often give presents to each other and taking advantage from the season, they decorate their houses with cornucopias, wreaths of fresh or dried flowers and leaves, cranberries, pumpkins, beans, corn and... turkeys.  That's the reason Thanksgiving is also referred to as Turkey Day! Where do you think wishbones come from? Do you understand the joke now? Enjoy!

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