Here we are, Thanksgiving 2021 is upon us and we are still in the midst of a pandemic. While COVID-19 vaccines are available the Coronavirus is putting a damper on the holiday festivities for a second year in a row. Many families won’t be able to celebrate the tradition in the same manner as previous years. Turkey dinners may be socially distant, with many family gatherings being smaller, or not occurring at all. While the Coronavirus may be forcing us to change the way we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t celebrate it at all. Below are are some fun trivia questions about the Thanksgiving holiday that you can use as a fun activity over the holiday.
It began as a holiday to rejoice in the harvest and blessings that came throughout the year.
Celebrations go back to the 16th century. The Commonwealth of Virginia held Thanksgiving services as early as 1607. A more prominent celebration in history occurred in 1621 which is often given credit as being the first Thanksgiving.
The first Thanksgiving feast was attended by the Pilgrims and Wampanoag tribe members.
In the Plymouth colony in what is now Massachusetts.
While president Abraham Lincoln proclaimed it a holiday on October 3, 1863, it was Franklin D. Roosevelt who on December 26, 1941 signed into law as a federal holiday.
The national holiday of Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday in November. In 2021, it is on November 25th.
No, Canada also celebrates Thanksgiving, but it’s celebrated there on the second Monday of October. Liberia and Greneda celebrate the holiday as well.
A few factors contribute to why turkey is the traditional main dish
While rooted in cultural tradition and religion, in modern times religion has no part of the Thanksgiving and it’s secular in nature.
Butterball sells over 1.3 billion pounds of turkey each year. They even have a Turkey Talk Line for consumers who need a little extra help in the kitchen.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest turkey topped the scales at 86 pounts.
Macy’s has sponsored the NYC parade which is well known for its extravagant floats. About 50 million people watch the parade each year.
The state of Minnesota raises over 41 million turkeys each year.
Pumpkin pie, it started earning a spot as the celebratory meal in the 18th century.
Roughly 50 million
While it varies depending on the area of the country, common menu items consist of roasted turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, rolls and of course, pumpkin pie.
It’s commonly served in the afternoon or early evenings, anywhere from 2:00-5:00pm. But there’s no wrong time for a Thanksgiving feast.
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