The month of November is all about giving thanks, which is because of the annual holiday known as Thanksgiving. These days, we don’t really give thanks; we are more excited for the amazing food and the activities you do on the thanksgiving. But the truth is Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful for what you have: your friends and family, the time you get to share together and for the food you have. Thanksgiving is a time to look at your life and truly think about all the things you own and have, and think about all the children in the world, think about what they might have, what they might not have…some kids don’t have a place to call home, or a fridge that never seems to go empty, or even a family that loves and cares for them. Look at your life, and try to see every little thing that gives you reason to be grateful.
A Little History
Thanksgiving is celebrated all around the world, but each country has their own way of saying thanks, so let’s travel around the globe and find out how other kids say “thanks” on Thanksgiving!
Labor Thanksgiving Day is what it’s called in Japan, and it takes place on November 23. They celebrate it by remembering the labor and production and giving thanks to one another.
In Germany, they have an early October festival known as Emtedankfest, or the Harvest Thanksgiving Festival. The festival has significant religious components to it but also includes a large harvest dinner and several parades.
In the Netherlands there is a city known as Leiden, which has recorded the births, marriages and deaths of all the pilgrims who migrated to the Plymouth Plantation (in America). To remember the pilgrims, a non-denominational Thanksgiving Day service is held each year on the morning of the American Thanksgiving Day in Pieterskerk, Leiden, at a c hurch.
In Norfolk Island (near Australia), Thanksgiving is celebrated on the last Wednesday of November. Their customs are very similar to the American Thanksgiving; an all day celebration with parades and feasts.
So, no matter where you live, where you come from or which language you speak, Thanksgiving means the same to all of us; we just celebrate it in different ways. Each and every one of us, around the world, gives thanks for what we have, what we are grateful for and what we hope to continue each year: prosper, health and love.