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.
Asked in Thanksgiving, US Presidents, Abraham Lincoln
When did Thanksgiving become a national holiday?
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."
Asked in Thanksgiving
What are you thankful for on Thanksgiving?
Asked by Frederik Thompson in Turkeys, Turkey Meat, Thanksgiving
Is it true that eating turkey meat can make you tired?
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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How was the first Thanksgiving different than the Thanksgiving now?
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.
Asked in Thanksgiving, School Subjects
Which group of native Americans participated in the first thanksgiving celebration?
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Will Dallas or Detroit ever NOT host a Thanksgiving Day game?
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What is the record for the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day?
Asked in Thanksgiving, Colonial America
How many Pilgrim women prepared the first Thanksgiving feast?
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.