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I wanted to talk about Thanksgiving and what I’ve learned around the world of how it’s celebrated!
Thanksgiving is one of the holidays celebrated in different countries around the world. It is an occasion where generally observed to express gratitude to God for a good harvest and for a bountiful year that has been.
In some countries, Thanksgiving is celebrated during the spring season or autumn season. Here, I will show you how people are excited about the most anticipated gatherings that make everyone together, enjoying every moment of it with their family, friends, and countrymen.
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Indian Harvest Festival
Springtime is the season of the year in India where they celebrate the harvest festival every February or early March. A Hindu Harvest festival or Holi lasts for five days. During this time, in Northern India, they harvest their wheat. Everyone is busy preparing for food, dressed up, and celebrates by throwing colored water and red powder at each other. While in the Eastern part of India, the primary crop they harvest during this season is rice. They put bonfires and hold a dance where men and women dance in separate groups around it. Onam is one of the most popular harvest festivals in Southern India. This is a communal thanksgiving where the famous “Snake Boat” race is organized yearly. Same as other Indian festivities, they gather, dance, enjoy the food and dress up in colorful clothes.
African Harvest Festival
Dancing and singing during this festival is the special part. They wear traditional masks and outfits and each dance sequence shows unique stories. The Homowo Festival is the largest cultural festival in Africa. A procession is being held where local Africans take part in the event. This cultural ceremony is called “first fruits”.
British Harvest Festival
Every end of the summer, festivals in Britain is celebrated when wheat has been cut and apples have been picked. People prepare food, fruits, and vegetables including loaf bread in the middle as their decoration in their churches. It is also attached on this festival the gathering of the last sheaf of corn and the reapers raise a great “Harvest Shout” when it was cut.
United States of America Harvest Festival
Also known as Thanksgiving Day in the US, a holiday celebration rich in history. It was when pilgrims reached America and greeted by Native Americans, also known as Indians. In 1621, Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Native Americans shared an autumn harvest feast that is now known as the first Thanksgiving celebration.
This festival is wide celebrated every year on the fourth Thursday in November. All the people take part in parades, sporting events, gathering with families and friends which is generally a four-day weekend in the United States. Thanksgiving will not be complete without the star of the main dining table which is the turkey. This serves as a reminder of the “Four Wild Turkeys” served as the “First Thanksgiving Feast”. Playing the “Turkey Song” will complete the festivity.
In my own home, we like to change up the tradition and add lobster, king crab legs and shrimp cocktails. Our turkey is deep-fried and oh so good!
In Canada, they celebrate on the second Tuesday in October as Columbus Day. In Massachusetts, Cranberry Harvest Festival is being held. There are baking cranberry and pie-eating contests, the crowning of Cranberry Queen, and dance performances.
Pop up the champagne and raise our glasses to a year that has been. This celebration signifies the continuity and abundance of life. Our cycle of life is infinite, the joy and sadness, emptiness and fulfilment, hardships, or maybe happiness. With this, we should all be thankful for all the graces we received from above. Regardless of what we are experiencing right now, our journey will continue and nurture what we have. Have a grateful heart, be more forgiving, find peace and serenity.
For everyone, I write…
May this Thanksgiving week bring joy and peace to everyone. As we celebrate this memorable day together with our loved ones, let us not forget to thank our Almighty for all the precious gifts and graces we received. The love of our family and friends and for protecting us during this pandemic.
Happy Thanksgiving Day Y’all!
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