· The Plymouth Pilgrims were the first to celebrate the Thanksgiving.
· The Pilgrims sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to reach North America.
· They sailed on the ship, which was known by the name of 'Mayflower'.
· They celebrated the first Thanksgiving Day at Plymouth, Massachusetts.
· The Wampanoag Indians were the people who taught the Pilgrims how to cultivate the land.
· The Pilgrim leader, Governor William Bradford, had organized the first Thanksgiving feast in 1621. He invited the neighboring Wampanoag Indians to the feast.
· The first Thanksgiving celebration lasted three days.
· Mashed potatoes, pumpkin pies, popcorn, milk, corn on the cob, and cranberries were not foods present on the first Thanksgiving's feast table.
· Lobster, rabbit, chicken, fish, squashes, beans, chestnuts, hickory nuts, onions, leeks, dried fruits, maple syrup and honey, radishes, cabbage, carrots, eggs, and goat cheese are thought to have made up the first Thanksgiving feast.
· The pilgrims didn't use forks; they ate with spoons, knives, and their fingers.
Fun Turkey Facts
· The average weight of a turkey purchased at Thanksgiving is 15 pounds.
· The heaviest turkey ever raised was 86 pounds, about the size of a large dog.
· A 15 pound turkey usually has about 70 percent white meat and 30 percent dark meat.
· The five most popular ways to serve leftover turkey is as a sandwich, in stew, chili or soup, casseroles and as a burger.
· Turkey has more protein than chicken or beef.
· Turkeys will have 3,500 feathers at maturity.
· Male turkeys gobble. Hens do not. They make a clucking noise.
· Commercially raised turkeys cannot fly.
· Turkeys have heart attacks. The United States Air Force was doing test runs and breaking the sound barrier. Nearby turkeys dropped dead with heart attacks.
· A large group of turkeys is called a flock.
· Turkeys have poor night vision.
· It takes 75-80 pounds of feed to raise a 30 pound tom turkey.
· A 16-week-old turkey is called a fryer. A five to seven month old turkey is called a young roaster.
Fun Facts about Thanksgiving
· In the US, about 280 million turkeys are sold for the Thanksgiving celebrations.
· Each year, the average American eats somewhere between 16 - 18 pounds of turkey.
· Californians are the largest consumers of turkey in the United States.
· Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States.
· Although, Thanksgiving is widely considered an American holiday, it is also celebrated on the second Monday in October in Canada.
· Black Friday is the Friday after Thanksgiving in the United States, where it is the beginning of the traditional Christmas shopping season.