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Thanksgiving Explained

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So it’s Thanksgiving in the U.S. and many of us are wondering how this celebration came to be considering we don’t celebrate it in Australia?

Here’s a quick history lesson for you:
It’s 1621, the Wampanoag Native Americans were suspicious of the newly arrived English pilgrims. They realised they most likely would not survive the harsh winter so after helping them farm and hunt they joined together in a feast. Then in 1863, Abraham Lincoln declared the nation celebrate an official Thanksgiving holiday. Eventually in 1941, under Franklin Roosevelt the fourth Thursday of November would become the official Thanksgiving holiday.

What’s with the turkeys?
Some people think the pilgrims ate turkey but pretty much they’re just large enough to feed the whole family.

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What do people even do?
Other than eating turkey, you’ll find Americans watching football, waving flags at the Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City and of course giving thanks.