Thanksgiving Day is a holiday that is celebrated only in North America, as Canada and the United States are the only two countries that celebrate a holiday by the name Thanksgiving. Other countries around the world that celebrate a holiday similar to the celebration of Thanksgiving in the United States and Canada are China, Brazil, Malaysia, India and Korea. Thanksgiving is a harvest-related festival.Continue Reading
The Pilgrims celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday as a way to show off their harvest to the neighboring villages and Native American tribes.
In China, a harvest holiday similar to Thanksgiving known as August Moon is celebrated not in November but on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month of the Chinese calendar.
Brazil celebrates its day of thanksgiving much like the United States because an ambassador saw how the United States celebrated and decided to emulate the celebration. The goal of the Brazilian thanksgiving is to give thanks to God for a good harvest.
Korea celebrates its version of Thanksgiving on August 15. The holiday in that country is called Chu-Sok, which translates to "fall evening." Unlike in the United States, where Thanksgiving is just one day, Chu-Sok is three days and involves special foods. Women wear dresses dedicated specifically to the event.Learn more about Thanksgiving
The 100th chapter of Psalms from The Holy Bible and the poem "Thanksgiving" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox are both excellent choices for Thanksgiving Day readings. Other appropriate readings from the Bible include Psalm 145 and the 12th chapter of Isaiah. Other poems that capture the spirit of Thanksgiving include "A Thanksgiving Poem" by Paul Laurence Dunbar and "Fire Dreams" by Carl Sandburg.Full Answer >
Spain doesn't observe the Thanksgiving holiday. However, most Hispanic families who live in countries that observe Thanksgiving celebrate by mixing elements of their own culture with the American holiday.Full Answer >
The story of Thanksgiving's creation as a holiday is itself inspirational, as it was brought into being largely through the determination of one woman, Sarah Hale. Hale undertook a 17-year letter writing campaign to make Thanksgiving a national holiday observed in all states.Full Answer >
While it is difficult to know exactly how many turkeys are sold for Thanksgiving, estimates figure that Americans purchase about 46 million turkeys each year in preparation for the holiday also known as Turkey Day. Some critics point out that the 46 million figure is based on total sales for the month of November, meaning that at least some of these turkeys could be used for non-Thanksgiving purposes.Full Answer >