In the early 16th century, when the Spanish came to Mexico, they were met with a bounty of both wild and domesticated turkeys. The following year, they introduced domesticated turkeys in the Caribbean and eventually in Spain, from where this bird became widespread throughout Europe. Turkeys were considered one of the greatest and most rapid growing successes — almost immediately the king of Spain was ordering every returning ship from America to bring 10 turkeys. Wealthy European hosts loved impressing their guests with large roasted birds such as the turkey.
When the English colonists first came to north America (New England) wild turkeys were a welcome sight: they were so plentiful that a dozen or more could easily be shot. (They were also easy to hunt in the hard winter months, as they were clearly visible in the snow).
Although turkeys were abundant during the time of the First Thanksgiving, there is no evidence that they were actually served or eaten during the 3-day meal. Over time the turkey has become almost synonymous with Thanksgiving.
The tradition may be linked to Sarah Josepha Hale´s famous depiction of a Thanksgiving feast in her book Northwood, a Tale of New England (published at the beginning of the 19th century):
"The roasted turkey took precedence on this occasion, being placed at the head of the table; and well did it become its lordly station, sending forth the rich odour of its savory stuffing, and finely covered with the frost of baking."
Since 1982, when George H.W. Bush first pardoned a turkey, it has become a tradition for the President of the United States to nominate a turkey which will not be part of a Thanksgiving meal. This annual ceremony takes place in the White House’s Rose Garden. This tradition might have been inspired by Abraham Lincoln, who spared the life of a turkey at Christmas in response to pleas from his son, Tad.
I have already hosted Thanksgiving Dinners for my family in Portugal and was glad to hear this week that a Spanish friend, whose children also attended American schools, celebrated it in Spain, too. It is indeed a beautiful family gathering.
"... o grego janta muito tarde, nunca antes das 22.30h; o grego gosta de ficar a falar até tarde e de deitar-se às duas, três da manhã... Eu marquei um treino para as oito da manhã e vieram dizer-me que às oito não dava, porque havia muito trânsito. Então fui ao quarto e marquei para as sete da manhã. E eles ficaram a olhar para mim, espantados. Até um médico veio falar comigo, a dizer-me que treinar de manhã não era bom fisiologicamente ..."
" O futebol não significa nada, se o compararmos à paternidade ou à amizade. Nada. Zero"
The Emperor's Birthday is a national holiday in Japan
The ambassadress was wearing a beautifil kimono today
Emperors have reigned in Japan for more than 1500 years, and they have all descended from the same imperial family.
In 1989, Emperor Akihito became Japan's 125th emperor. He is married to Empress Michiko, the first empress who did not come from the nobility. Their eldest son is Crown Prince Naruhito. The imperial family resides in the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.
José Merchán é um pintor Venezuelano. Gostei muito deste quadro com um toque de humor.
Quando cheguei à Venezuela fiquei surpreendida pela qualidade da arte em geral e pela forma acessível como se pode adquirir um quadro de um pintor contemporâneo, pois havia muitas galerias de arte.
Assim, comecei a visitar galerias e museus de arte e depois de estudar um pouco sobre os pintores clássicos venezuelanos decidi fazer um post sobre ART IN VENEZUELA, que tem tido leitores quase diariamente.
Arnoldo Diaz é um pintor venezuelano que vive atualmente nos EUA. Já expôs em diversos países e ganhou vários prémios nacionais e internacionais. Os seus quadros são alegres, com muitas cores vivas (bem tropicais) e muito decorativos. Deram um toque mais jovem ao ambiente clássico dos quartos dos meus filhos
The Panama Canal is still one of the engineering wonders of the world.
It is about 80 km long and ships are lifted 26 meters in three lockages (Miraflores locks, Pedro Miguel locks and Gatun locks) as they cross the isthmus.
The journey across the canal takes about 8 to 10 hours although a ship is normally in canal waters between 24 to 30 hours.
This vessel comes from Japan and brings 5000 cars
The container and cruise ships squeeze through the locks with only centimeters to spare on either side. These are known as “Panamax ships”. However many ships are too big for the canal - they are called “Post Panamax”. To ensure they can cross the canal, in 2006, the people of Panama approved the expansion of Panama Canal by means of a referendum. The Panama Canal Administration is now building wider and deeper locks, which will be completed soon, in 2016.
The French started to build a canal in 1880 under supervision of Ferdinand de Lesseps, the builder of the Suez canal, but after years of struggle with the jungle, disease ( malaria and yellow fever became the worst killers) and financial problems, they were forced to give up.
In 1903 Panama declared its independence from Colombia and the USA signed a treaty in which the concession for a public maritime transportation service across the isthmus was granted.
The first vessel to officially cross the canal was the freighter ANCON on 15th August 1914.
In 1979 a new treaty between Panama and the USA established a transition period of twenty years for the definite handover of the canal to Panama. Since that time (31st December 1999) the canal has belonged to the Panamanians.