Celebrating Thanksgiving * Around the World

Happy Tuesday ! Today’s post is in honor of Thanksgiving -a true American tradition or is it.  It’s true if you want that typical Thanksgiving lunch and Macy’s parade on TV  but did you know Canada had the first actual Thanksgiving.

The origins of Canadian Thanksgiving are also sometimes traced to the French settlers who came to New France in the 17th century, who celebrated their successful harvests. The French settlers in the area typically had feasts at the end of the harvest season and continued throughout the winter season, even sharing food with the indigenous people in the area. Celebrated now the 2nd Monday in October. 

This came to light when I married my husband his parents had immigrated from China and spent there holiday in Canada where everything was open for business as usual. As being the first American daughter in law – I started holding a regular Thanksgiving lunch at my house for all the family that was a East meet West Lunch – with Turkey and Ham  and Chinese dumplings side by side.

Celebrating Thanksgiving in other places: 

  • The Netherlands (Pilgrims honor)
  • Germany (Harvest time)  in October
  • Norfolk Island (Australasia ) introduced by American whalers in late November.
  • Liberia (founded by free American slaves ) 
  • Grenada : 
    Grenadians have celebrated Thanksgiving Day on October 25 since 1983.

  • Grenadians have celebrated Thanksgiving Day on October 25 since 1983.

*China’s large ex pat community has brought American Thanksgiving to China but you will likely see a Chicken instead of a turkey. on the menu.  But most native celebrate the Autumn Harvest festival in September – celebrating the good harvest of the year. And if you are lucky like me you Celebrate booth.  Lisa 

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