By: Anthony Wadsworth
Thanksgiving in India is very different from Thanksgiving in the U.S. Nevertheless, they take this time in the Indian state of Goa to thank God for all of their materials and spiritual benefits.
Here is a list of the three ways India celebrates the harvest season a bit differently from how we do…
- Date: Whereas we celebrate our holiday around this fall season, they celebrate August 15th each year.
- Food: Whereas we focus on eating turkey, ham, and dressing, farmers work to harvest milk-filed corn from the rice field and grain, and even give each other chocolates as gifts!
- History/Traditions: Whereas we call it “Thanksgiving,” and get the idea from the story of the pilgrims and Native Americans, they call it “Ladin” or “Ladainha,” in which sponsored by a different person every year who either seeks benefits or has been lucky enough to have God’s special grace.
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In Australia Thanksgiving is celebrated as an opportunity rather than an event for the people to celebrate their blessings. There mission statement states.. “Thanking God…thanking each other.” It’s meant to show appreciation towards God and everyone else. Australians are all about thanking their community and citizens of the community on Thanksgiving Day. Also God, is the main reason for their celebration on Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is not only my favorite holiday but it is nationalized as the day were we people give thanks for the blessings we’ve had so far in the year. Celebrating it with family and friends makes it even better and makes you appreciate the things you’ve had or have the chance to get to do.
In other countries like Africa thanksgiving is celebrated just like the US. Only difference is that Africa has it in August to mark it has the end of the rainy season. Thanksgiving is celebrated like a huge harvest festival with a lot of religious significance. There are many tribe dancing and singing, which in the U.S. We won’t dance or sing. Also Africa will have the dancers put on traditional masks and costumes which would symbol their pride of there land and family. Each Dance during thanksgiving would tell a story or unfolds a unique story. Africa even had another name for the holiday thanksgiving, it’s called “Festival of the Yams” which means the same as thanksgiving but theirs is offerings to God and ancestors. This celebration is had throughout many countries in Africa.
So the way Africa celebrates thanksgiving is a little bit different from the U.S. but the meaning of the holiday doesn’t change. It is still celebrated with family and thanking God for all their blessings.
The Netherlands have somewhat the same type of Thanksgiving traditions as the United States. Thanksgiving day is important to the Dutch. The pilgrims that landed in America all those years ago landed in Leiden in the Netherlands where they stayed for quite a while. Today in Leiden there is a thanksgiving celebration that is held at the Pieterskerk which is a Gothic church in the city where one of the leaders of the pilgrims John Robinson is buried. You get traditional Thanksgiving meals on the third Thursday of November. Even resturants like Hard Rock Cafe have regular meals from Thanksgiving.
Since we are on the topic of someone else’s thanksgiving i chose Brazil.
Brazilians thanksgiving is as you can say a mirrored view of Americans thanksgiving. that is because When the Ambassador of Brazil visited U.S. at the invitation of National Cathedral of Washington, D.C., he was over joyed by the concept of thanksgiving and brought it to his homeland. In Brazil, it is a sort of expressing gratitude to Almighty for an enormous harvest. Though acclaimed for its Carnival celebrations they cannot be undermined in other festivities. Let us thank the US for sharing something so wonderful and positive with another country. TWO THUMBS way up ^^^^^^^^
Thanksgiving day is an official day that is celebrated in the United States of America and in some other states of the world like Canada etc. It is a public holiday celebrated on the last Thursday of the ending week of the November. The day was started by the proclamation of the American president in the early of 20th century. The official treatment and declaration of the day was firstly issued by the “American Colonial Governor Jonathan Belcher”, however this concept of holiday is treated differently in the other regions of the world like Canada. However, there are some controversial arguments found in the history regarding first thanksgiving. For this instance, the different kind of goods and sweet dishes are cooked or made to celebrate the Thanksgiving Day. Some of the historians are suggested that the first thanksgiving day was originally celebrated in the in the late 17th century by the American president George Washington while some other suggested that this day was firstly celebrated officially by the American president.
The Thanksgiving Day also celebrates in the other nations of the world with some changing names or according to their cultures and traditions. In Canada, the thanksgiving day is also being celebrated in the second week of the October on Monday. The Canadian nation uses to celebrate this day to say thanks to the God for the good and profitable Harvest. In Canada, the first thanksgiving was celebrated by an English man “Martin Frobisher”. This day is being celebrated as the traditional event or activity in the different regions of the world. Similarly, the different foods are especially cooked or made to make the day memorable and unforgettable.
In Muslim countries like Saudi Arabia, Iran and Pakistan thanksgiving day is also being celebrated but with some different thoughts and aspects. In Muslim countries, this day is replaced with the Eid day and being celebrated as the religious activity. They make their gatherings and perform their religious activities and then celebrate the day with sweets and some other especially makes dishes. This is a good event which helps to bring the people closer to each. This day is being celebrated throughout the country so helps to reduce or avoid the racial and other ethnic differences among the people of the society. On Thanksgiving Day, people use to contribute the large amount in the charitable institutions and works for the welfare and development of the poor people.
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Written By: Anthony A. Wadsworth
Germany’s version of the American holiday, Thanksgiving is called Erntedankfest, which translates to Thanksgiving, or harvest festival. Erntedankfest is celebrated on the first Sunday of October, and is a mostly rural celebration with town parades and the like. Its is quite similar to the traditions of Thanksgiving in the United States. Though they too celebrate Erntedankfest in a similar manner, they celebrate for their thanks for regional farmers’ harvests (Tulane). It is also interesting to know that it is actually not an officially observed holiday of any German-speaking region (UCM). The celebration is also typically incorporated into most Protestant Church services, some even make the celebration an all day event. The foods they eat are the same in Germany as they are in the United States. The history of the German celebration predates that of the United States Thanksgiving celebration, though its exact date is unknown.
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