Ok so yesterday(25th Nov 2010) was Thanksgiving (Turkey) Day in American and so I guess most of the people consumed a lot of turkeys which was one of the sad days in the history of the turkey population since their death rates peak during this time of the year.
I tried looking up some information about how tradition started but got bored in the process but I’ll put up what Wikipedia says about it “Thanksgiving Day is a harvest festival celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada. Traditionally, it has been a time to give thanks for a bountiful harvest. While it may have been religious in origin, Thanksgiving is now primarily identified as a secular holiday.
The precise historical origin of the holiday is disputed. Although Americans commonly believe that the first Thanksgiving happened in 1621 at Plymouth, Massachusetts, there is some evidence for an earlier harvest celebration by Spanish explorers in Florida during 1565. There was also a celebration two years before Plymouth (in 1619) in Virginia. There was a Thanksgiving of sorts in Newfoundland, modern-dayCanada in 1578 but it was to celebrate a homecoming instead of the harvest.”
Then I looked further into why people consumed turkeys during this festival and found this out on CoolQuiz “The goose was actually the favorite bird at harvest time in England. When the Pilgrims arrived in America from England, roasted turkey replaced roasted goose as the main cuisine because wild turkeys were more abundant and easier to find than geese.” and then further research on Mahalo Answers got me to this, “maybe it was because the Native Americans introduced the bird to the Pilgrims (but not necessarily on Thanksgiving Day). It was a large bird that was not migratory and therefore was available throughout the year. It was large enough to feed more than one family.”
So now you people probably know why do people celebrate Thanksgiving and also why they consume Turkeys during the celebration (though everything may just be nonsense and the true reasons might be totally different, but this is what I found out)