Turkey-Free Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in America. It is a break from established traditions, but don’t be alarmed – it is perfectly normal to make changes! It is customary that a turkey should be present on every table on the holidays, but what if someone does not like meat or wants to try something different? If you fall into this category, you can still celebrate the holiday without the roasted turkey!
The first Thanksgiving was held in New England in November 1621. Historians believe that duck and venison were served, but not a turkey. In the 19th century, American families began to cook turkey more often for the holiday. It was sometimes difficult to feed a large bird if the family had financial problems.
The idea of celebrating the holiday without a turkey came from the vegetarian movement, which argued that it was possible to go without the traditional dish for one day a year. Their goal was to convince people to not eat meat on a regular basis.
Did you know that a turkey:
- Feeds on plant foods, fruits, seeds, insects, and even grass.
- Has one breeding season per year, which usually falls in the spring.
- Has about 6,000 feathers.
- Was a contender for the heraldic symbol of America, but lost to the eagle.
- Can have good flight performance – one case recorded two miles without a single landing.
- Is able to pick up high speed right from the spot due to its massive wings.
- Swallows pebbles to help with digestion.
- May die of a heart attack – scientists have found that individuals died due to the noise of aircraft.
How to take part
The best way to celebrate Turkey-Free Thanksgiving is to talk to your family about the idea and convince them to support it. Cook chicken, pork, beef, or fish – why not? Learn interesting recipes and create a unique holiday menu.
When is Turkey Free Thanksgiving celebrated in 2023?
Turkey Free Thanksgiving is observed on the fourth Thursday in November each year.