Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year.
We generally think of Thanksgiving as a uniquely American holiday, but there’s actually a long tradition of harvest-time celebrations and thanksgiving celebrations which take place at several other places around the world.
If we look back in history than we come to know that the ancient Greeks enjoyed a three-day festival to honor Demeter, the goddess of corn and grains, every autumn, while the Romans had a similar celebration in which they honored Ceres, the goddess of corn.
The concept behind the Thanksgiving celebration in US and Canada is similar to August Moon Festival in China, Tet Trung Thu in Vietnam, Succoth in Jew, Kwanzaa in Africa, Pongal in India and Chusok in Korea and similar celebrations taking place in other parts of the world. The only difference in all these festivals is the date, rituals and customs but the reason behind it remains the same, to thank God for a huge fruitful harvest.
Thanksgiving Celebrations around the World :
Thanksgiving has been celebrated in some or other form in countries like Africa, Alaska, Australia, Austria, Barbados, Brazil, Britain, China, Netherlands, Egypt, Germany, Greece, India, Israel, Japan, Korea, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Portugal, Scotland, United Kingdom, Vietnam.