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Learn About The Holiday Tradition Of The Turkey!
Traditions are what make holidays important and unique for each and every individual. Whether your family sits at a large dining table and says what each person is most thankful for that year or whether you sit in front of the television cheering on your favorite football team it’s all part of your family tradition.
Traditions vary from family to family. Each family has their favorite side dish, dessert and seat at the table, but most commonly on this holiday we see a brown, plump bird sitting on most families tables.
Many may not know that this big bird actually got its origins from the Aztecs. The Aztecs called the bird huexoloti. So where did our favorite, filling meal get it’s name?
The Aztecs thought of their huexoloti as a very important food source. This food was taken as a market good back to Spain. The bird was then taken to trade in the Ottoman Empire (Turkey).
In Turkey these birds were bred to become more full and plumper. After breeding vast quantities of turkey, they began exporting this food source to Western Europe.
Finally in 1614, the turkey had made its way to Jamestown!
The feast that many take part in on the fourth Thursday of November each year has a main dish that has truly been all around the world.
Though the turkey may not hold the same meaning in other countries, it’s a huge part of a special holiday across the United States.