Thanksgivingday2018: Why do people celebrate this day?
When and why Thanksgiving day is celebrated? Why do Americans celebrate it with so much zeal? Well, thanksgivingday2018 is around the corner. Here are a few interesting facts that you need to know about this important day. The first Thanksgiving day was celebrated in the year 1621. It was a celebration of a good harvest. It is a Public Holiday in America.
Thanksgiving day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. This year it will be celebrated on November 22. Here are five interesting about Thanksgiving day that you need to know, take a look:
1. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been taking place since 1924
It is televised nationally on NBC every year and it has been taking place since 1924. That year, a parade was organized which was 6 miles long from Harlem to the Macy’s store in Herald Square. The parade featured animals including Elephants. Later, it was reduced to 2.5 miles.
2. Why watching football is a ritual?
On Thanksgiving day, millions of Americans watch the Detroit Lions play American football. The tradition dates to 1934, when the team took on the undefeated, defending World Champion Chicago Bears of George Halas.
3. Jingle Bells was originally a Thanksgiving song
Yes, it was originally a Thanksgiving song and it was not associated with Christmas. The original song Horse Opleh Sleigh was composed for Thanksgiving day but was later renamed to Jingle bells in the year 1859.
4. Earlier it was not a Public Holiday
No, it was not a Public Holiday. Sarah Josepha Hale, the woman who actually wrote the classic song Mary had a little lamb, convinced President Lincoln in 1863 to declare this day a Public Holiday. For that, she worked hard. She wrote letters to the president for consecutive 17 years, then finally it was declared a Public Holiday.
5. There were no forks at the first Thanksgiving
Yes, the first Thanksgiving was eaten by spoons and knives but there were no forks. Forks were not even introduced to pilgrims until 10 years later. It wasn’t a popular utensil at that time.