I am so very grateful for my health, prosperity, family, friends, customers, clients, and for the opportunity to help people around the world better understand and communicate with each other. #Thanksgiving isn’t exclusive to the US, or to just to one day a year, it’s something that can be celebrated in some way — every day – all around in the world!
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Korea’s Chuseok This day of thanks in late September and early October is one of Korea’s three major holidays. It’s a time for families to share food and stories, and pay respects to their ancestors. Along with a sprawling feast made from the fresh harvest, the main traditional dish is Songpyeon — glutinous rice kneaded into little cakes and filled with red beans, chestnuts, or other ingredients. The feast is laid out in honor of the deceased, and the family is allowed to dig into the tasty bounty only after a memorial service and, usually, a trip to the graveyard. But the three-day celebration isn’t just about food and death. Other organized activities include dancing, wrestling, and dressing in traditional costumes.
Liberian Thanksgiving The Liberian Thanksgiving takes its inspiration directly from the American version, which isn’t surprising given that Liberia was founded in the 19th century by freed slaves from the U.S. They brought with them many of the customs they learned in the New World, including Thanksgiving, though they eat mashed cassavas instead of mashed potatoes, and jazz up their poultry with a little spice. The Liberian Thanksgiving is celebrated on the first Thursday in November.
Ghana’s Homowo Festival This yam harvest celebration in Accra, a coastal region of Ghana, is meant to commemorate a period of famine in the Ga people’s history. The word “homowo” means “hooted at hunger,” which is what their ancestors did in the face of famine, before getting to work cultivating the land for food. Today, the festival occurs around harvest time between May and August. During the harvest, women dig up the yams, the country’s staple crop, saving the best for the festival dinner. The yams and food are blessed by local chiefs, and the celebration ends with a giant feast that is often complemented by dancing, singing, and drum-playing.
The Jewish Feast of the Tabernacles Sukkot is the third of the Jewish pilgrimage festivals, following Passover and Shavuot. All three mark different stages of the harvest, with Sukkot signifying its end. It is traditionally celebrated outside the home in makeshift huts, a symbolic reminder of the temporary dwellings Israelites inhabited during their journey across the desert.
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