Countries That Celebrate Thanksgiving Day
The celebration of Thanksgiving is, in general, a feast to give thanks for the fruits of the previous harvest. In America specifically, it dates back to the 1600's. Thanksgiving Day traditionally kicks off the "holiday season" in the United States. It is always celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. It's one of the biggest holiday in the US, in line with Christmas Day and July 4th but most importantly, it's a reminder to appreciate life and it's many blessings. This is the day that families get together, have dinner, play games or just sit around the fireplace and catch up about the hustle and bustle of life.
Besides the US, a lot more countries celebrate Thanksgiving, here are some:
1. Canada - Thanksgiving is held on the second Monday in October.
2. China – Yes they actually do celebrate Thanksgiving!. The celebration, known as Mid-Autumn Festival which typically falls in late September or early October, when the moon is fullest and brightest.
3. Germany - The annual festival known as Erntedankfest, is typically held on the first Sunday in October.
4. Grenada - October 25 has been named Thanksgiving Day on the island. The national holiday of gratitude and remembrance.
5. Japan - On November 23, people in Japan celebrate a holiday known as Kinro Kansha no Hi or Labor Thanksgiving Day.
6. Norfolk Island - A version of the American Thanksgiving has extended as far as the other side of the world, to the remote Norfolk Island, off eastern coast of Australia. They celebrate Thanksgiving on last Wednesday of November.
7.South Korea - The holiday known as Chuseok Day is held in the mid to late September.
8. Liberia – I bet you wouldn’t have expected this either! Thanksgiving in Liberia is held on the first Thursday in November.
9. Vietnam - Similar to China, Thanksgiving is held on the 15th day of the eight month on the lunar calendar. The holiday is known as Tet-Thrung-Thu Festival or the Children's Festival.
No matter where we are around the world, this day is a great day for all of us to celebrate and acknowledge all our blessings of the year gone by and in advance for the year ahead of us.
This is actually one of my favorite time of the year, it's a time for me look back and be thankful for things that had happened in my life, the good (blessings) and the ones that challenged me (life’s lessons) and made me a stronger & better person. I realize that the good is a blessing and the not so good is a lesson.
Let's all take a moment and give thanks, for whatever we can be thankful for this year 2017...
- I am thankful for having my family and friends with me always...
- I am thankful for learning not to take things for granted...
- I am thankful for giving me a second chance in life... here I am...
- I am thankful for the lessons...
- I am thankful for the people that I meet along my life's journey...
- I am thankful for this community that has supported my love in creating healthy indulgence.
Take a few moments to reflect on all your blessings and know that the more you reflect on the good the greater the chance that it will recur and increase in magnitude.
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