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How do Different Cultures Celebrate Thanksgiving?

Published: Friday, November 19, 2010

Updated: Thursday, June 30, 2011 13:06

The holiday season is the time where families and friends get together to celebrate joy, happiness and give thanks as many look forward to the thanksgiving holiday. We all know the history behind this American tradition, but not everyone knows how different cultures celebrate it.During the holiday, my family gets together and there's a lot of food, talking, and fun! We like to play games or watch movies after we're done eating our feast, and we all like to spend this special day with each other. Since we are mostly of Hispanic culture, the way we spend Thanksgiving may be different from another culture.

Canada is surprisingly another country that celebrates Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving day in Canada is celebrated the second Monday in October. Unlike the American tradition of remembering Pilgrims and settling in The New World, Canadians give thanks for a successful harvest. On Jan. 31st, 1957, Parliament proclaimed: "A day of general Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest to which Canada has been be observed on the second Monday in October." Like its American counterpart, Canada's fall feast consists of maple roast turkey and gravy, mashed potatoes served with fried mushroom, onion and bacon, cornucopia and mincemeat pie. Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada.

In the Jewish culture, Jews, Israelites and Hebrews celebrate Sukkot, a biblical holiday. It begins the 15th day of Tishrei and ends of the 21st day of Tishrei. A sukkot is a walled structure covered with flora, such as tree branches or bamboo. During this holiday, the sukkot becomes the living and sleeping area of the home and meals are eaten inside it. For each day of the holiday, members of the household recite a blessing over the lulav and etrog, or Four Species. The Four Species are lulav, a ripe, closed frond from a date tree, Hadass, boughs with leaves from the myrtle tree, Aravah, braches with leaves from the willow tree, and Etrog, the fruit of a citron tree. Jewish cuisine for Sukkot includes a Kosher turkey, spinach dip, sweet potato Kugal, Pareve corn bread, asparagus, and pumpkin flan.

Though people in Latin America do not celebrate Thanksgiving, they have made this tradition their own. Hispanics like to pay tribute to God and their families on this special day, and with that comes a lot of food. Turkey, ham, tamales, beans, rice, salsa, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie are a must.

Thanksgiving Day is the one day for families to give thanks, whether it be to God, their loved ones or friends. It's a special day for everyone to get together and be thankful for everything in their life that past year. It's also the one day to pig out and not feel bad about it the next morning, since you've waited a whole year to enjoy the festivities.

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