Long tradition – Thanksgiving in the US: Biden “pardoned” 2 turkeys.

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Thanksgiving (Thanksgiving) will be celebrated in the US next Thursday. On Monday, US President Joe Biden pardoned two turkeys in a traditional ceremony. This means that the two birds were spared the fate of many of their kind during this holiday.

The turkeys that Biden saved from death on the South Lawn of the White House on Monday are named “Liberty” and “Bell.”

The two turkeys “Liberty” and “Bell”:

The Liberty Bell in Philadelphia is a symbol of American independence.

81st birthday: Biden jokes about his age
Turkey’s Pardon Day coincided with the president’s 81st birthday this year. Given his age, the cheerful Biden joked during the ceremony that this would be the 76th time turkeys would be pardoned by the president. “I just want you to know that I wasn’t there the first time.”

Long tradition
American families traditionally serve turkey during Thanksgiving. Presidential pardons of birds have a long tradition. Since the 19th century, the presidential family has received a particularly beautiful turkey before the holidays.

According to the White House, President Abraham Lincoln (1861 to 1865) is said to have pardoned one of the animals for the first time at his son’s request. Under President George Bush Sr. pardon became a permanent ritual in 1989.

Source: Krone

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