Thanksgiving is a national holiday celebrated on various dates in the United States, Canada, Grenada, Saint Lucia, and Liberia. It is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States and around the same part of the year in other places. It is considered as an opportunity to express our gratitude for the abundance in our lives, whether that's the good relationships we have with our friends and families, our opportunities and our health. In order to have a new and interesting perspective on Thanksgiving, let's discover 10 fun facts about this holiday with IOE.
1. The first Thanksgiving took place in 1621.
2. Every Thanksgiving, the current U.S. president pardons a turkey.
3. Macy's has put on a parade every Thanksgiving since 1924. The parade draws in millions of viewers from all over the world, whether it's being watched on TV or live in person every year.
(Macy's is America's Department Store, an iconic brand and retail industry leader.)
4. Thanksgiving is the biggest travel day of the year.
5. The foods eaten for Thanksgiving dinner haven't changed much since 1621.
(Vocabulary about traditional Thanksgiving's food: https://bitly.com.vn/0oyj3j)
6. Americans eat over 280 million turkeys every Thanksgiving.
(Turkeys are traditionally eaten as the main course of Thanksgiving dinner in the United States and Canada.)
7. Cranberries are native to North America.
(Cranberries are an important ingredient to make a jellied sauce which is a traditional accompaniment to turkey.)
8. There is an official Thanksgiving postage stamp.
9. The wishbone tradition is much older than Thanksgiving.
(Wishbone: a bone in the shape of a V between the neck and breast of a chicken, duck, etc. When the bird is eaten, this bone is sometimes pulled apart by two people, and the person who gets the larger part can make a wish.)
10. Watching American football is an integral part of most Thanksgiving celebrations.
Hopefully, 10 interesting facts about Thanksgiving that IOE shares above will give you a better understanding of the characteristics of this holiday. Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving!
Edited by IOE