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Thanksgiving or Turkey Holiday
Thanksgiving or Turkey Holiday
By BUKOLA ORIOLA
Thanksgiving holiday is a national holiday for the United States. However, once thanksgiving is mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind is turkey. Then, I began to wonder whether it is thanksgiving or turkey holiday. Even, the advertisement of turkey at the grocery stores was more pronounced during this festive period. They also make it available in large quantities for purchase.
As an immigrant in the United States, I decided to find out what brought about the thanks giving holiday and what turkey has to do with it. Interestingly, I found out that there were various reasons why different states in the United States started the thanksgiving holiday. The most obvious is giving thanks unto God for safe journey for those who migrated into the United States far back as the 1500s.
Also, I found that turkey was not the only meal served to celebrate the occasion. Duck, geese, venison, fish, lobster, clams, swan, berries, dried fruit, pumpkin, squash, and many more vegetables were included in the menu.
It is noteworthy to find out that the first Lady of the United States, Mrs. Michelle Obama is using the avenue to combat hunger.
The press release she sent out today stated: “Tomorrow, many of us will gather around the table with family and friends to give thanks over a feast of turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy -- and let’s not forget pumpkin pie! But for some in this country, the feast will not be as bountiful. In fact, it won’t be much of a feast at all.”
According to her, “hunger is on the rise in America -- hitting its highest levels in nearly 15 years.”
She noted that a recent report of the USDA shows that in 2008, an estimated 1.1 million children were living in households that experienced hunger multiple times over the past year.
Michelle said that she and the president of the United States, Barack Obama are committed to ending hunger in the United States by making food programs more accessible to eligible families.
She therefore urged the public to get involved in the United We Serve: Feed a Neighbor initiative to combat hunger.
The program is being launched in coordination with the Corporation for National and Community Service and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The program is set to empower the community with all the resources needed to mobilize against the hunger crisis.
Interested people could learn how you can get started by going to Serve.gov.
That brings me to the Black Friday. There is always so much advertisement, using all the available medium, especially the mass media to encourage people to come and shop on that day. My question is: “Are goods really on sale on Black Friday? It seems it’s just a trick to make shoppers buy more but not at any less rate. Think about it. Find out for yourself and check out prices before and after Black Friday - some items are displayed at a lower rate while many others are on the shelves at a higher price.