Why is Turkey Significant in Thanksgiving?


A yummy roasted Thanksgiving turkey for a Thanksgiving d

Abigail Jung and Siwon Woo

Why is turkey so significant to Thanksgiving? How did it become so significant? In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as the first day of Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. But why or how did the turkey become the main symbol for thanksgiving?

    The answer is simple. A long time ago, the Plymouth colonies often hunted wild turkeys in the autumn of 1621 since turkeys are unique birds in North America. This animal has gained traction as time has gone by. There was a time where there were over 10 million turkeys in North America. However it attracted popularity as a Thanksgiving meal to Americans after 1863 when Lincoln declared Thanksgiving as a national holiday.  

This was when turkey became a traditional American Thanksgiving meal. Many years later, people are still celebrating Thanksgiving with their families, friends, and loved ones. Now, there are 46 million turkeys eaten every year on Thanksgiving Day. President Joe Biden also pardons a turkey every Thanksgiving. 

 The turkey has brought great influence to Thanksgiving culture. Without the turkey, Thanksgiving wouldn’t be the same as it is today. Fall ends on November 25 and eating turkey is a great way to celebrate the end of Fall. With a turkey on your dinner table, the Thanksgiving mood will come right to your table. Why don’t you get a turkey for this Thanksgiving?