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Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrated on various dates in different countries and cultures, dedicated to gratitude and/or harvest. The holiday also has different names depending on the country.

These are a few different Thanksgiving traditions from countries around the world!

Thanksgiving - United States

  • Thanksgiving in the US originated in 1621 with the Pilgrims and Native Americans, specifically the Wampanoag.

  • Families gather and have a large meal, often consisting of turkey, potatoes, pumpkin pie, stuffing, and cranberries. Many Thanksgiving foods were introduced to the Pilgrims by Native Americans.

  • Many Americans watch/play football or attend parades.

Kinro Kansha no Hi - Japan

  • Kinro Kansha no Hi is a national holiday, originally a harvest festival, in Japan modernly named as Labor Thanksgiving Day. It's on November 23rd, celebrated for the year’s hard work.

  • School children prepare gifts to give to people in the labor sector of jobs.

  • Companies congratulate their workers.

  • Families get together and have dinner at home and are encouraged to relax.

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Erntedankfest - Germany

  • Erntedankfest, which translates to “thanks for the harvest festival”, is a celebration in German-speaking countries that is comparable to Thanksgiving in the U.S.

  • In Germany, the observance takes place on the first Sunday of October and is typically celebrated with church services, a parade, and music.

  • The thanksgiving procession is completed by presenting the traditional “harvest crown” (called “Erntekrone”) for the harvest queen (“Erntekönigin”).

  • Pictured below is the “harvest crown”, aka Erntekrone.

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Asogli Te Za (Festival of the Yams) - Ghana

  • Asogli Te Za is known as the Festival of the Yams in English (‘Te Za means Yam Festival)

  • Asogli Te Za was the original name which was restored on May 8, 2018

  • Asogli Te Za is celebrated by the people living in the Asogli State in the Volta Region

  • It is celebrated every September and is used to thank God, gods and ancestors for a good harvest. It is also a time to offer prayers for good health and prosperity.


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