Happy Thanksgiving!

The AUM Library wishes you a very Happy Thanksgiving as we pause to reflect on the past year and look forward to the new year and all that it holds for us.
Here are some interesting facts about Thanksgiving that each of us should know:
The first Thanksgiving celebration can be traced back to the Plymouth Pilgrims in the fall of 1621.
The first Thanksgiving feast was held to thank the Lord for sparing the lives of the survivors of the Mayflower, who landed at Plymouth Rock on December 11, 1620. The survivors included four adult women and almost forty percent children.
The Wampanoag chief Massasoit and ninety of his tribesmen were also invited to the first thanksgiving feast. Governor William Bradford invited them for helping the Pilgrims surviving and teaching them the skills of cultivating the land.
The celebration in 1621 lasted for three days and included games and food.
The president to proclaim the first ‘National Day of Thanksgiving’ in 1789 was George Washington.
Sarah Josepha Hale, a magazine editor, campaigned to make Thanksgiving a National Holiday in 1827 and succeeded.
Abraham Lincoln announced Thanksgiving to be national holiday in his proclamation on October 3, 1863.
The ‘wishbone’ of the turkey is used in a good luck ritual on Thanksgiving Day.
Puritans of the Mayflower used to drink Beer.
Source: http://primtalkradio.com/0ct31.pdf
How the Turkey Got Its Name
There are a number of explanations for the origin of the name of Thanksgiving’s favorite dinner guest. Some believe Christopher Columbus thought that the land he discovered was connected to India, and believed the bird he discovered (the turkey) was a type of peacock. He therefore called it ‘tuka,’ which is ‘peacock’ in Tamil, an Indian language. Though the turkey is actually a type of pheasant, one can’t blame the explorer for trying.
The Native American name for turkey is ‘firkee’; some say this is how turkeys got their name. Simple facts, however, sometimes produce the best answers—when a turkey is scared, it makes a “turk, turk, turk” noise.
At one time, the turkey and the bald eagle were each considered as the national symbol of America. Benjamin Franklin was one of those who argued passionately on behalf of the turkey. Franklin felt the turkey, although “vain and silly”, was a better choice than the bald eagle, whom he felt was “a coward”.
Source: http://www.factmonster.com/spot/tgturkeyfacts.html