As an immigrant, I just knew Thanksgiving is one big holiday in the United States when people eat turkeys. You will see turkey is everywhere around Thanksgiving. I think it is better to take this chance to learn a bit more about history of thanksgiving and understand why people celebrate it. Actually, with globalization, the United States of America’s Thanksgiving Holiday has been globalized.
“What is Thanksgiving?”, the answers to the question may vary. It will depend largely on whom you ask.
In the American history, Thanksgiving was the only time the Europeans were actually given land by the Native Americans. It was only through the giving nature of the Native Americans that the Europeans survived. For most of Americans, Thanksgiving has become a tradition of “giving thanks” for our blessings. Over the years, this has evolved into a feast in most homes. However, Thanksgiving, to the American Indian is not much of a celebration. Thanksgiving represents the beginning of the end for the Great Nations.
Thanksgiving became a National Holiday in 1789, marked by a speech by George Washington, who said, in part:
“…Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be. That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks, for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation, for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war, for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed, for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.”
Most people enjoy having Thanksgiving because it is a holiday when family and friends get together and have a big thanksgiving dinner with plenty of food. The day after is the official opening of the “Christmas Season”, so many shoppers can get holiday deals.
Thanksgiving day involves a feast among family and friends, called Thanksgiving dinner. What foods are served and what activities are enjoyed can vary among families, but some foods have become synonymous with Thanksgiving.
Turkey has been the featured Entrée on the Thanksgiving tables of many families in Thanksgiving.
However, cooking turkey is really not easy. Because we usually buy frozen turkeys, and it can take long time (several days) for a turkey to thaw in the refrigerator. In addition, many people begin cooking their turkeys on the night before the holiday. However, most people, begin their turkey preparation early Thanksgiving morning. Turkey can be cooked in many different ways, such as roasted turkey, smoked turkey and fry turkeys.