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Thanksgiving around the world

Brianna Stritzinger, Student Writer

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In the United States, Thanksgiving is a huge part of our traditions, but it is not the only country to have celebrations for Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving dates back to the Egyptians. The definition of Thanksgiving according to dictionary.com, is “A  public celebration in  acknowledgment of divine favor or kindness.” 

Thanksgiving in the United States is the fourth Thursday in November. Many families have different traditions, such as making Thanksgiving dinner as a family, and cracking the turkey wishbone. Also, many families traditionally watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade while others may watch Miracle on 34th Street.

In Canada, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Tuesday in October. Canadian Thanksgiving was held seventeen years before the first American Thanksgiving. There are also some provinces that do not celebrate Thanksgiving such as Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland. Many traditions are still the same as ours, such as Thanksgiving dinner and spending the day with your family and friends. Other Canadian Thanksgiving traditions include: Thanksgiving brunch, celebrating Canadian farmers, and many other things.

The Harvest Festival is how Thanksgiving is celebrated in the United Kingdom. This holiday began in the UK in 1843 within churches. The Harvest Festival is held in September, but is not a declared national holiday.

In Ancient Egypt, they call the Thanksgiving holiday ‘Min.’ This holiday was celebrated in the spring-time. ‘Min’ celebrated the god, Min, who represented their vegetation and fertility. They have huge parades that include all the citizens during the festival.

Thanksgiving is also celebrated in many other countries as well. All in all, it is a time to give thanks.

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Brianna Stritzinger, Student Writer

My name is Brianna Stritzinger, and I’m a senior at Greater Nanticoke Area High School. This is my second year working on The GNA Insider.

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Thanksgiving around the world