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As the United States prepares for its most cherished family celebration of the year, did you know that in Canada, Thanksgiving is already a distant memory? Canadian Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday in October and not the fourth weekend in November.

Check out more facts about Thanksgiving in the USA and see how many you already knew.


– The exact date when the Plymouth Pilgrims feasted with the Wampanoag Indians for the first Thanksgiving dinner is unknown and is thought to have happened somewhere between September 20 and November 9, 1621, although some claim that there are records of earlier “Thanksgivings” in other parts of the New World.

– Although Abraham Lincoln is credited for the Thanksgiving Proclamation on October 3, 1863, which officially acknowledged the fourth Thursday in November as the Thanksgiving national holiday, it wasn’t until December 26, 1941 that Congress passed a law.

-The original Thanksgiving was a much longer affair and is said to have lasted for three days.

– Approximately 50 Native Americans were invited to the Plymouth Pilgrim’s Thanksgiving dinner, including Chief Massasoit and Squanto, the key translator and emissary in the treaty between the Pilgrims and the Native Americans.

– Harry Truman was the first president to publicly pardon a turkey for Thanksgiving, a tradition that has continued ever since.

– Contrary to contemporary tastes, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie and cranberry sauce were not served at the first Thanksgiving. More likely, the feast comprised of rabbit, chicken, fish, beans, squash, nuts, cabbage, goat cheese and maple syrup.

-It is very probable that the Pilgrims did not use forks but ate with spoons and knives, or indeed their fingers!

-It is claimed that the heaviest turkey to date was 86 pounds; that’s about the size of a large dog.

– According to statistics, about 280 million turkeys are sold each year for Thanksgiving dinners.

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