Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Why did the president pardon the turkey?

Well to start with ,here in the USA ,the fourth Thursday of November every year is celebrated as "Thanks giving day"and the consequent day as"Black Friday".Thanks giving day is all about revering the  assets we have and be thankful to god for what he rendered ,our family, friends ,relationships and all possessions .This is also celebrated as the 'harvest festival'.The festival is celebrated here by having a family get together and a grand feast , where a 'roasted Turkey' is the main course for the dinner accompanied with a variety of dishes which includes lobsters ,fishes , cranberries pumpkin pie apples ,baked potatoes ,and a lot of other dishes.This tradition of having turkey was inherited from the  history of the Plymouth colony  having this dinner menu in around 1621 as a celebration of their harvest festival!
             Thanks to Mr Abraham Lincoln who reemphasised the 'thanks giving day' and nationalised the Holiday and influenced the people to feast on more and more turkeys:)It was a customary practise to present the president with a turkey each year on the thanks giving day at the white house and it was purely the president's decision to feast it or not.So the first turkey which proved lucky was probably in 1963,which was spared  by Mr John .F. Kennedy and he said"let him live";for he must not have been in a mood to feast on the turkey that day or may be he had some serious digestive system  ailment!whatsoever, from then on , evolved the practise of the "presidential pardon"of the turkeys,and each year they chose 2 turkeys to live ,and then surrendered  it to the Kid well farm in Frying pan park ,Virginia ,a petting zoo or to Disney land ,CA.Some presidents pardoned  and some did not pardon these turkeys offered to them.Last year ,our dearest president Mr .Obama too reprieved  a turkey from its last  moment slaughtering;cheers! I think it's just a 'prestige issue' or  passing on customs/traditions  through successors;for he  wouldn't have felt from the heart for the poor turkey. But I really wonder, of all the millions of turkeys being killed on Thanks giving day ,will the poor 2 little spared turkeys  make some difference at all?

References:wikipedia,infoplease.com and some other web sites .

20 comments:

Abhilash Pillai said...

Turkeys may be or may not be spared that day but the people having them... ummm... should be right? ;)

I never knew what thanks giving day stands for. Thanks for sharing the information.

Onkar said...

I liked the piece a lot. Why not spare them all?

Rachna said...

I know why spare only two? Makes no sense.

joejoseph said...

everyturkey has its on day!!!!!

poor turkeys

hahaha

laughed at croudely

sm said...

thanks for sharing

Amin said...

I do not know....

SG said...

Nice info on Thanksgiving.

To answer your question you left on my post:

You can do both in one day by hurrying a lot. But you are not doing justice to either one of them. Both have night time shows also. Disneyland has fireworks. CA Adventure has World of Color (starting at 8:15 pm for 30 minutes). You don’t want to miss either one of them. If this is your first visit and you HAVE to choose only one, then please go to Disneyland.

SG said...

One more thing I just remembered. If you are going for sightseeing on Thursday, the Thanksgiving Day itself, please remember all restaurants (including fastfood chains) will close at 2 PM. Please make arrangements for dinner during the day itself. Only Denny's is open.

kasthurirajam said...

wonderful blog

Alka Gurha said...

Thanks for sharing...Honestly was unaware of the story behind TG.Lovely...

Bikramjit said...

I had no clue about the story, never red it anywhere

so THank you :)
now i know but why leave two confusing..
and what difference are we expecting ...


Bikram's

....Petty Witter said...

Well, I learn something new every day. Thanks for an interesting and informative post, being English we don't celebrate Thanksgiving so it is always fascinating to hear such things.

dr.antony said...

I heard Clinton also left one free,because Monica didnt like the smell of Turkey!
Dont quote me!
Millions of animals also get sacrificed during the pilgrimage.
I dont hear any animal rights calling.Aren't there any birds rights?

raji said...

@kasturi ,alka ,thanks.

@petty Oh I thought thanks giving is also celebrated at britain.anyways thanks for your comments.
@Bikram,THEY DONOT AVE ANY SENSE FOR CERTAIN THINGS ..they made it a customary to perdon two turkeys.
@Dr Anthony ,thnaks for that piece of humor..such a caring hubby clinton:)

A said...

Good concise information on Thanksgiving day.

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david said...

Maybe for adults don't make much sense to save the life of the turkey. But to childrens may have some meaning, something in their imagination might see it differently, as an act of kindness something like that. Simply my point of view! When I was a children I thought like that and I know, it's very naive!!!

Stranger said...

Interesting and Informative.... Thank you

chitra said...

Thanks for the post on thanks giving day of US.It was informative.

A said...

Seems like your links are broken to your newer posts...check please.