Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving holiday or celebration is in fact celebrated in many countries. Thanksgiving is essentially a harvest related festival and celebrates the harvest when it is completed and the work is done. Worldwide, harvest celebrations are observed with different names and at different times depending on the harvest season of the country. Ask questions here about the origin and traditions surrounding Thanksgiving such as foods served, giving thanks, and parades.

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When did Thanksgiving become a national holiday?

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President Lincoln signed a proclamation in 1863 asking "all Americans to ask God to "commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife" and to "heal the wounds of the nation." He made the fourth Thursday in November Thanksgiving Day. Congress would riot make Thanksgiving a national holiday until 1870. The first official US holidays were declared by Congress on June 28, 1870. New Years Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day were all declared holidays in the first act. George Washington's Birthday was declared a holiday in 1871. Interesting Facts: According to Title 5 of the US Code, neither Congress or the President has the authority to declare a holiday that must be enforced by the states - Federal holidays are only applicable to Federal employees and the District of Columbia. Each state chooses which holidays it will recognize. QUOTE: "The act of June 28, 1870, which was apparently prompted by a memorial drafted by local "bankers and business men," provided that New Year's Day, Independence Day, Christmas Day, and "any day appointed or recommended by the President of the United States as a day of public fasting or thanksgiving [were] to be holidays within the District." This legislation was drafted "to correspond with similar laws of States around the District,"3 and "in every State of the Union."
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What are you thankful for on Thanksgiving?

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This year I’m thankful for many things, but most notably the people in my life. Whether it be friends, family, or coworkers, I consider myself lucky for the personalities and characters who have been kind enough to play a part in my story.
Asked by Frederik Thompson in Turkeys, Turkey Meat, Thanksgiving

Is it true that eating turkey meat can make you tired?

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The theory that turkey makes you sleepy stems from the fact that turkey contains an amino acid called tryptophan. Our bodies use tryptophan to produce the vitamin B3 or niacin, which is essential to creating serotonin, a neurotransmitter thought to contribute to feelings of well-being and happiness. Serotonin is also the precursor to the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin. The truth is that turkey doesn’t contain any more tryptophan than many other meats, and it even contains slightly less than most cheeses. That means it’s unfair to blame your post-dinner coma on turkey alone. So, why do we specifically associate Thanksgiving dinner with feeling sleepy? Probably because we’re eating many foods high in tryptophan during the course of the evening, and that tryptophan is amplified by the carbs from rolls, potatoes, and other savory starches. Not to mention the fact that overeating gives the body more digestive work to do, thus using more energy.
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Why did Abraham Lincoln declare Thanksgiving?

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thankful for union victories at Vicksburg & Gettysburg.
Asked by Michael Bogisich in Thanksgiving, Food & Cooking, Holidays and Traditions

What is the absolute best Thanksgiving dish? What's the absolute worst?

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Best: Pumpkin pie. Worst: Green bean casserole, especially the kind made with cream of mushroom soup.
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Does Somalia celebrate Thanksgiving?

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Not really we believe that we should be thankful everyday not just one day
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How was the first Thanksgiving different than the Thanksgiving now?

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Some of the differences between the first Thanksgiving and the present-day Thanksgiving would be that the Pilgrims would have hunted wild turkey. The bird would need to be prepared to cook. They would have also harvested any food that had been grown, and that food would also be prepared. The first Thanksgiving was held outdoors.
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Will Dallas or Detroit ever NOT host a Thanksgiving Day game?

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no detroit and dallas will always play on thanksgiving.
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What is the record for the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day?

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From 1934 to 2010, the Detroit Lions' Thanksgiving Day record stands at 33-36-2.
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How many Pilgrim women prepared the first Thanksgiving feast?

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Forty-five of the 102 Pilgrims died the first winter and were buried in the Coles Hill Burial Ground. They started out with 74 men and 28 women. Thirteen of the women died, leaving 15 women to take care of the children and other womanly duties.15 women survive and prepare the first Thanksgiving in 1621 4 11 women were actually at the first thanksgiving and 213 men. there were five girls that cooked the first thanksgiving meal and it took them three days to cook prepare all the food. Eighteen women were on the Mayflower when it left for America. Only four survived to the first Thanksgiving.
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Which native Americans participated in the first Thanksgiving celebration?

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deja jennings of 1894 bc participated in the first thanksgiving celebration!
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What is Thanksgiving for?

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Thanksgiving is a holiday most celebrated in the United States of America. The purpose of this holiday is to be thankful for the good things in your life.
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Why did the first pilgrims celebrate thanksgiving?

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They were thankful that they had survived a year in the new land.
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Why do you have a parade after Thanksgiving?

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They have parade because they are thankful for what they have, in plus it's Macy's 85th Thanksgiving parade.Also Thanksgiving lasts for 3 days!!!!
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How do you celebrate Thanksgiving in Canada?

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The same way you do in the United States - by enjoying a turkey dinner and lamenting on what you're thankful for. The only real difference between Canada's Thanksgiving and the US's Thanksgiving is the date.
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Did the Lakota have a Thanksgiving feast?

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Yes! Who wouldn't have Thanksgiving, or something like it? Who isn't thankful for what you receive? Are you one of those people?
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What is the holiday of Thanksgiving?

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Thanksgiving is a United States National holiday. It is a holiday to celebrate being thankful for what we have. It is celebrated with a large feast on the fourth Thursday in November.
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What is a reason for Thanksgiving?

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A reason for Thanksgiving day is to set aside time to be thankful. Even at the worst of times when it seems like life could not get any worse, we can always find something to be thankful for.
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What is the most important part of the Thanksgiving celebration?

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The most important part of Thanksgiving is remembering to be thankful, though getting together with family is also important.
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What are you thankful for on this holiday of Thanksgiving?

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I'm thankful for family and friends to count on and trust. loved ones food health life
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How do you define Thanksgiving?

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being thankful that you are with your family and you get a big meal
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How is Thanksgiving observed in the US?

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thanksgiving is looked at as a holiday to be celebrated for how thankful we should be.