In many American households, the Thanksgiving celebration has little to do with religious allegories and has emerged into a cultural celebration. Thanksgiving traditions include the rituals, routines, and holiday rhythms shared with family and friends on or around Thanksgiving.
At its centre, is the tradition of cooking and sharing a bountiful Thanksgiving dinner with loved ones. Turkey, a Thanksgiving staple, is so ubiquitous on this day that it has become synonymous with the holiday. Nearly 90 percent of Americans eat the bird—whether roasted, baked or deep-fried on Thanksgiving. This is the reason why Thanksgiving is also called "Turkey Day." Other traditional foods include stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.
For many families, Thanksgiving is a time of reunion. At the meal, families observe the ritual of going around the table to express what each member is thankful for. Another famous tradition associated with the dinner is the splitting of the turkey wishbone. It is believed that whoever pulls away the larger piece is granted a wish. Then there is the pardoning of Turkey. The President of the United States also traditionally pardons a live turkey, meaning the turkey will live on a farm without the threat of being eaten.
Other than the meal, Parades have also become an integral part of the holiday in cities and towns across the United States. Presented by Macy's department store since 1924, New York City's Thanksgiving Day parade is the largest and most famous, attracting some 2 to 3 million spectators along its 2.5-mile route and drawing an enormous television audience. It typically features marching bands, performers, elaborate floats conveying various celebrities, and giant balloons shaped like cartoon characters.
Many churches hold a special Thanksgiving Day service centered on giving thanks to God. Some also observe the holiday through charity work. Volunteering is a common Thanksgiving Day activity, and communities often hold food drives and host free dinners for the less fortunate. Common activities include serving and preparing meals at homeless shelters and soup kitchens, organizing food and clothing drives, and participating in community outreach programs.
Having mentioned everything, here is how to make Turkey for the ultimate Thanksgiving vibe-
Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a turkey roaster with long sheets of aluminium foil that will be long enough to wrap over the turkey.
Stir together the parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme, lemon pepper, and salt in a small bowl. Rub the herb mixture into the cavity of the turkey, then stuff with the celery, orange, onion, and carrot. Truss if desired, and place the turkey into the roasting pan. Pour the chicken broth and champagne over the turkey, making sure to get some champagne in the cavity. Bring the aluminium foil over the top of the turkey, and seal. Try to keep the foil from touching the skin of the turkey breast or legs.
Bake the turkey in the preheated oven for 2 1/2 to 3 hours until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear. Uncover the turkey, and continue baking until the skin turns golden brown, 30 minutes to 1 hour longer. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone should read 180 degrees F (82 degrees C). Remove the turkey from the oven, cover with a doubled sheet of aluminium foil, and allow to rest in a warm area for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.
Happy Thanksgiving !!