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Thanksgiving: Thanksgiving Trivia

Thanksgiving: Thanksgiving Trivia - It’s more than just a break between Halloween and Christmas. In fact, Thanksgiving has been a round for hundreds of years and has its own traditions. Here are 20 little known facts about the great Turkey Day holiday:

1) Thanksgiving can occur as early as Nov. 22 and as late as Nov. 28.

2) Thanksgiving is an amalgam of different traditions, including ancient harvest festivals, the religious New England Puritan Thanksgiving, the traditional harvest celebrations of England and New England, and changing political and ideological assumptions of Native Americans.

3) The famous pilgrim celebration at Plymouth Colony Massachusetts in 1621 is traditionally regarded as the first American Thanksgiving. However, there are actually 12 claims to where the “first” Thanksgiving took place: two in Texas, two in Florida, one in Maine, two in Virginia and five in Massachusetts.

4) The Pilgrim’s thanksgiving feast in 1621 occurred sometime between Sept. 21 and Nov. 1. It lasted three days and included 50 surviving pilgrims and approximately 90 Wampanoag Indians, including Chief Massasoit. Their menu differed from modern Thanksgiving dinners and included berries, shellfish, boiled pumpkin and deer.

5) The turkeys typically depicted in Thanksgiving pictures are not the same as the domestic turkeys most people eat at Thanksgiving. Domestic turkeys usually weigh twice as much and are too large to fly.

6) Now a Thanksgiving dinner staple, cranberries were actually used by Native Americans to treat arrow wounds and to dye clothes.

7) The famous “Pilgrim and Indian” story featured in modern Thanksgiving narratives was not initially part of early Thanksgiving stories, largely due to tensions between Indians and colonists. The first Thanksgiving in America actually occurred in 1541, when Francisco Vasquez de Coronado and his expedition held a thanksgiving celebration in Palo Duro Canyon in the Texas panhandle.

8) “Unthanksgiving Day” commemorates the struggle for Native American rights. Held every year on the island of Alcatraz since 1975, “Unthanksgiving Day” commemorates the survival of Native Americans following the arrival and settlement of Europeans in the Americas.

Thanksgiving: Thanksgiving Trivia

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