6 Fun Thanksgiving Facts
Thanksgiving is tomorrow! And while most of us look at it as a day of eating and watching sports, here are six quirky factoids to mull over while you’re recovering from your turkey coma!
Just a note about Thanksgiving in the United States…
In the United States, we trace Thanksgiving back to the Pilgrims who came from England in 1621 and settled in Massachusetts. The “first” Thanksgiving celebrated the Pilgrims’ first harvest in the New World. It’s been a national holiday in the U.S. since 1863, and is celebrated on the last Thursday of November.
1. Oh, Canada!
Yup, our neighbors to the north celebrate Thanksgiving, too! In Canada, it’s celebrated on the second Monday of October.
And just in case you thought only countries in North America celebrated Thanksgiving – think again! Germany celebrates Thanksgiving on the first Sunday of October. Japan does it every Nov. 23. Grenada’s Thanksgiving is on Oct. 25 and Norfolk Island (in the Pacific Ocean between Australia and New Zealand) celebrates Thanksgiving on the last Wednesday of November!