Thanksgiving around the world
Thanksgiving is a holiday that takes on many different forms around the world. Some countries have been inspired by the U.S. holiday, while others have origins of their own. Take a look at this list to see how different Thanksgiving might look, if you found yourself in one of these places.
1. Norfolk Island
On Norfolk Island, Thanksgiving is a whaling good time (stick with me you'll get the pun in a second). It is technically an Australian territory, but it picked up the Thanksgiving tradition from American whalers who worked on the island during the 1960's.
Erntedankfest is a "harvest festival of thanks" that is celebrated mostly in the rural and religious communities of Germany.
Brazil's day of Thanksgiving, or Feliz Día de Acción de Gracias was inspired by the U.S. holiday and is celebrated in a similar manner...with family, food, and giving thanks!
Thanksgiving in Canada is linked to the tradition of harvest festivals in Europe and is celebrated on the second Monday of October. Cornucopias are often used to symbolize bountiful feasts, which is what Canadians enjoy on this day!
Flickr: Andrew Reitemeyer
This is a day of Thanksgiving but there's no turkey legs involved. Instead, the people of Grenada use it to commemorate the anniversary of the US intervention in 1983, a day that restored order to their country.
6. United States
Thanksgiving may have been started by the pilgrims, but I don't believe they had float parades back then. It's not just a day full of turkey, stuffing, and pie anymore. Since 1924, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has a been a staple in the U.S. tradition.
Japanese Thanksgiving is way to say thanks for the harvest, but also as a way to acknowledge the hard work of farmers. This "Labor Day" is nationally recognized on November 23rd in Japan.
Thanksgiving in India is usually found to be observed by the Christian populations. It is not a nationally recognized holiday and is known by different names in different parts of the country. But it is a way to celebrate the harvest and give thanks for flourishing wealth.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of those who celebrate the holiday, no matter the reason behind it!
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