Dear Amy: Do other countries celebrate Thanksgiving? — David T., Los Angeles
Dear David: While Thanksgiving is an American holiday, other countries have festivals that are similar to our tradition. Thanksgiving in America commemorates the meal that the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag Indians shared in 1621.
Other countries celebrate a harvest holiday. China marks the end of harvest season with a three-day feast featuring roasted pig and moon cakes, which are given as gifts. Make your own Moon Cakes with this recipe from PBS Kids, pbskids.org/zoom/activities/cafe/mooncakes.html.
In southern India, harvest is celebrated by neighbors sharing their crops after a successful season. In Brazil, this holiday is celebrated on November 4 and is the Day of Giving Thanks (Dia de Ação de Graças). Although the Brazilian celebration was similar to ours when it began in 1940, it has since grown into a colorful celebration incorporating the diverse and colorful traditions of Brazil.
For more information about Thanksgiving Around the World, visit thanksgiving.org.uk/around-the-world.html.
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