Why are the Americans thankful to God last Thursday of November?
Almost every culture in the world has held celebrations of thanks for a plentiful harvest. In the United States, past the Veterans Day is definitely entered the winter with Thanksgiving. It was Abraham Lincoln who, in 1863 proclaimed, by Act of Congress, an annual national Day of Thanksgiving “on the last Thursday of November, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelled in the heavens.” Here is the stuffed turkey, symbol of culinary tradition tied to this event. About 40 million of turkeys are consumed each year on this occasion and they are accompanied by rice, mashed potatoes, various vegetables, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pies, apple and berry.
The history of first Thanksgiving as a holiday goes back to 1620. Late that year, the Mayflower, a small ship for ocean crossings, left England with over 1000 passengers on-board. Some of them sought religious freedom in the new world and the others simply heard stories about the prosperity of the new world. When they got there they set up their colony at Plymouth where they managed to survive thanks to an English speaking Indian, Squanto. He showed the otherwise hopeless settlers how to hunt, fish and grow corn. With the help of the Native Americans, the settlers prospered and after one year, in 1621 they were ready to celebrate the successful harvest of their first crop of corn.
The question now arises: why do they eat the turkey? It is suggested that almost 90% of Thanksgiving meals include turkey of some form, so, most historians would concede that turkey was probably on the menu of the Native Americans. It is such an important tradition that even vegetarians celebrating this holiday have created turkey, a tofu turkey!
Thanksgiving is the only American day designated to bring together family and friends for a home-cooked afternoon meal but the best comes the day after: Black Friday. During this day millions of consumers who get the day off from work or school crowd into stores for what is traditionally considered the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. Last year almost 133.7 million Americans shopped or planned to shop at stores or online over the four-day weekend. Shoppers spent an average of $380.95 in New York City.
Surprising fact: Did you know that the famous Christmas song “Jingle Bells” was originally written for the Thanksgiving Day? [For further information –> Here]
So guys, why don’t you celebrate your Thanksgiving Day in Rome?
Here are some places where you can taste the American stuffed turkey.