Thanksgiving is a day for families to gather together and give thanks for the many blessings in their lives as they enjoy a festive meal. But The White House has a special Thanksgiving tradition: The Thanksgiving Turkey pardon ceremony.
On Wednesday, President Obama will pardon one turkey who would have otherwise been someone's Thanksgiving meal, and you get to vote which one.
Turkey pardoning has been a tradition since 1947. During the ceremony, the chairman of the National Turkey Federation presents a turkey to the President of the United States, who grants a pardon to the bird.
What's behind the turkey pardoning ritual? In a USA TODAY article, it is explained that the presidential turkey pardon draws on the long traditions of forgiveness in the world’s religions, and the very public act of pardoning reminds us about the important role rituals play in society.
Cast your votes to help decide whether Tater or Tot will be pardoned this year.