Saturday, November 26, 2005

Thank all

Americans are a wonderful lot. They have some beautiful festivals as well. Thanksgiving is an annual holiday observed in the United States. In the U.S., the holiday is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, and is generally considered the second biggest holiday after Christmas.

The first American Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621, to commemorate the harvest reaped by the Plymouth Colony after a harsh winter. In that year Governor William Bradford proclaimed a day of thanksgiving. The colonists celebrated it as a traditional English harvest feast, to which they invited the local Wampanoag Indians.

Now the US loves Thanksgiving. Families get together for dinners. It has become a commercial event, like all fests. Football is a must on this day. Shopping is at an all time high. Sales go up, spirits go up and overworked Americans take a long weekend -- four days -- off. A rather peculiar feature of the Thanksgiving day is 'Presidential pardon'. Each year the President of the United States pardons a turkey before Thanksgiving at a White House ceremony. In 2005, President Bush gave two turkeys named Marshmallow and Yam a last-minute reprieve. The two turkeys hail from Henning, Minnesota. The Turkeys will be fed and taken care of by a dedicated staff till the birds live.

Wonder, Bush has no heart for fellow humans, who continue to die because of his flawed policies.
Mad, mad world.

sameer bhat

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