Thanksgiving around the world

Thanksgiving around the world

America isn’t the only country that celebrates Thanksgiving. Other countries around the world already had their own traditions way before America. Although they celebrate in a different way, they all have the same reason to do so: giving thanks.

China celebrates Chung Ch’ui, or the August Moon Festival. For three days, they gather with their families and have a feast, much like the American Thanksgiving. However, instead of the traditional cornucopia and flavored pie, the Chinese have “moon cakes,” which they give to friends and relatives to show their appreciation.

Sukkot is celebrated in Israel, and it’s an eight-day-long biblical holiday where Jewish families eat meals together. Also with prayer services during this time.

Canadians celebrate Jour de l’Action de Grâce, their version of Thanksgiving day. It’s celebrated on the second Monday in October, and they celebrate the past year’s blessings and harvest with a meal on Monday or Sunday. It is very similar to the American Thanksgiving tradition.

Chuseok is celebrated in Korea, and it lasts for three days. Chuseok not only celebrates the harvest, but also honors and remembers ancestors. Children are dressed in special clothing and do a traditional circle dance. A rice cake named “Songpyeon” is made and eaten around this time.

These are only some of the many more Thanksgiving-like traditions around the world. How does your family celebrate Thanksgiving?