BY THE DIVERSITY STORY
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.
Image: Wikimedia Commons
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.
Image from: hometown.ng
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.