Fun Thanksgiving facts
Most people know Thanksgiving celebrations as a “turkey and cranberry” family dinner. In fact, 91% of the United States population eats turkey on Thanksgiving Day. That represents about 280 million birds. No wonder Benjamin Franklin would have liked to state it as the national bird. Imagine… the American eagle replaced by a chubby turkey!
But did you know that Americans did not invent Thanksgiving? Even if the origin of the celebration is still a bit nebulous, it seems that it began in Canada. Frobisher’s celebration happened in 1578, i.e. 43 years before the pilgrims gave thanks in 1621. Thanksgiving is actually a mix of European and Native traditions. When Europeans first arrived to the Americas, they brought with them their own harvest festival traditions from Europe, celebrating their safe voyage, peace and good harvest.
Even if those specific harvest festivities are proper to Canada and the United States, a lot of other countries have similar versions of Thanksgiving Day. In Germany for instance, Erntedankfest (harvest festival of thanks) is held on the first Sunday of October. Some other variant occurs as well in Liberia, the Netherlands, Norfolk Island and some Asian countries.
The reason for the earlier Thanksgiving celebrations in Canada is attributed to the earlier onset of winter in the north, thus ending the harvest season earlier. That’s why next Monday, most of Canada (except for Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia) will spend their statutory holiday celebrating this feast with their families, in recognition of what life has brought them. And whoever says Thanksgiving dinner says mashed potatoes as a side dish. This year, try our line of In Cuisin mash potatoes ready in 2-minutes! It will save you time in the kitchen so you can spend it on more important things, like your family.
Happy Thanksgiving to you all!