Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy (American) Thanksgiving

“Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.” — Oprah Winfrey

HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all those who are celebrating it today. My wish for you is that you will be safe, warm, well fed and surrounded by loving souls — whether two- or four-footed.

We Americans tend to be ethnocentric and think that since we mark this particular day, surely everyone must too, but that's not the case.

Our Canadian friends have already had theirs; they celebrate it every year on the second Monday in October. According to Wikipedia, Grenada's national holiday also called Thanksgiving Day is every October 25th, Liberia's is the first Thursday of November, and Norfolk Island, which is an external Australian territory, celebrates theirs on the last Wednesday in November.

Japan has Labor Thanksgiving Day every year on November 23 "to commemorate labor and production and give one another thanks," and in Germany there's something called Erntedankfest (Harvest Thanksgiving Festival) in early October that has a significant religious component, but includes large harvest dinners and parades.

According to, in China there's a celebration called August Moon Festival that falls on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month of their calendar. "Chinese believe that the moon is roundest and brightest on this day. Below the heavenly moonlight, lovers speak out their heart to each other." Instead of pumpkin pie, friends and relatives convey their regard by giving moon cake.

In Korea a celebration known as Chu-Sok, meaning fall evening, begins on the 14th night of August and continues for three days. "Koreans make a dish called songpyon, unique for that occasion, consisting of rice, beans, sesame seeds and chestnuts. Before having the food, the family gathers beneath the moonlight, in remembrance of ancestors and forefathers."

I don't have any readers in Grenada, Liberia or Norfolk Island, but my Chinese, Korean and Japanese can tell me if me sources are off the mark.

Wherever you are, celebrate the day, your life and those you love. XOXOX

1 comment:

  1. :D This one ALWAYS makes me grin. Just so dang cute! It's just what we need right now.