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Thanksgiving & Black Friday 2015 Origin, Facts & Celebration

Each year, a lot of people are often busy during the last week of November. They’re usually preparing themselves for Thanksgiving celebration and Black Friday. But do you know the stories behind those two events? Read on to find out.


According to Huffington Post, Thanksgiving has been celebrated since 1879. President George Washington originally signed the proclamation in October 3, 1879.

The site mentioned an excerpt from the original document which reads:

“Now therefore do I recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being…That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks…”

During the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln decided to proclaim Thanksgiving as a national holiday every fourth Thursday of November. He signed the proclamation on October 3, 1863. Lincoln said that such day will observe “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.”

Since then, Thanksgiving has been celebrated as a religious observance among different communities. In Thanksgiving dinner tables, turkeys are always part of the menu; they are never missed out on the family table.

According to Pilgrim Hall Museum’s website, turkeys were already present in early Thanksgiving celebrations of pilgrims. Nobody really knows exactly why the turkey earned the pace of honor on the Thanksgiving table but some people are speculating that maybe because the wild turkey is a table staple of the early Americans.

After Thanksgiving, people then head on to their favorite shopping centers for Black Friday Sale. Every year, long lines and amazing discounts flood the stores. But why did they call it “Black Friday?”

According to Snopes, the shopping event got its name in 1951, Chron wrote. Most workers called in sick so they can enjoy a four-day holiday. Also, the site mentioned that the Philadelphia police might have used the phrase to describe the traffic scene after Thanksgiving.

Chron mentioned that low-end entertainment items have the biggest discounts while jewellery has the smallest. There are also more deals on toys compared with other categories.

Walmart was reported to rank 5th for discounts in computers and phones. But in terms of big discounts, Chron wrote that J.C. Penney is “the king.”

Are you excited to get Black Friday’s amazing deals?

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