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.




Americans tend to 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. Grenada's national holiday, also called Thanksgiving Day, is every October 25th, Liberia's is the first Thursday of November, and the Australian territory, Norfolk Islandcelebrates theirs on the last Wednesday in November.


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


According to Thanksgiving.org.uk, 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, and beneath the moonlight, lovers speak their hearts to one other. Instead of pumpkin pie, friends and relatives give 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. Family members gather beneath the moonlight in remembrance of their ancestors and forefathers.


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.

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