U.S. culture (week 48): Thanksgiving!

HTP is committed to maintaining a strong cultural component of it J-1 Program and regularly publishes topics related to U.S. culture. Program manager Kira Udo talks about the upcoming holiday Thanksgiving.

So what is the story behind Thanksgiving? According to www.history.com “In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November”.

Every year families across the US get together to say “thanks” for the things we are privileged to have and to say “thank you” for the loving support of our families. Of course we don’t actually say, “thank you” to each and every person however, our presence is saying it for us. We get together and cook a feast with/for our loved ones to enjoy while together. The menu differs depending on what region of the US you are in. However, “According to the US Department of Agriculture, more than 45 million turkeys are cooked and eaten in the US at Thanksgiving – that’s one sixth of all turkeys sold in the US each year.” (Turkey for dinner!).


If you are in the south you may find that most of your turkeys are deep fried. On the west coast they are typically grilled and everywhere in between they are oven baked. In addition to turkey you can find ham, oysters, lobster, and even scallops. Some common side dishes are stuffing or cornbread dressing, macaroni and cheese, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and gravy, and cranberry sauce. You can find lists of the different regional foods (and sometimes the recipes) on several websites; here, here, and here.


When you wake up on Thanksgiving morning you will find the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on every network channel.








As the day progresses and you fill your belly with turkey there is always a good [American] football game to watch. You can find the schedule here.

So get together with some friends, fill you belly’s with turkey, sit down and watch some football! And don’t forget to send us pictures of your beautiful dishes!

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