Thanksgiving Around the Globe


Madison Perline, Junior Staff Writer

Thanksgiving is an exclusively American holiday, which was first celebrated by the founders of our nation with a massive feast filled to the brim with carbs. 

On this day, we celebrate togetherness with our family and friends, and spend the entirety of the evening with our bellies stuffed full of the plentiful variety laid out before us, just like our founders used to dine on. Throughout the years, of course, traditions have changed. Deer was swapped for turkey, and stuffing was added to the menu rather than straight loaves of bread. With these foods, we cherish our peoples, our culture, and our hopes. But do any other people from different nations celebrate the founding of their nations in similar ways?

There is actually one particular holiday that was celebrated 40 years before the American one! Canada, who celebrated thanksgiving before America even established it as a holiday, holds their feast every year on the second Monday of October. They dine on the same traditional snacks that Americans eat during the holiday. Generally, it is less of a holiday in Canada. Some workplaces don’t even give time off. Still, it is a day that celebrates togetherness.

China is another country that celebrates their own version of thanksgiving. The Chinese celebrate the annual holiday around the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar. The celebration, known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, typically falls in late September or early October, when the moon is shining its brightest. The festival originated as a holiday to express gratitude for the changing of seasons and to celebrate the fall harvest.

There are some notable differences between the traditional American holiday and the Mid-Autumn Festival. For one, the Chinese holiday is much older. It’s roots can be traced back more than 2,500 years, which was long before the Europeans even set foot in the new world. Additionally, instead of pumpkin pie, the Chinese serve Moon cake, which is a baked concoction filled with sesame seeds, ground lotus seeds, and duck eggs. 

As one can see, there are many different places around the globe that have different traditions for their fall holiday. While they may not share all of the same foods and festivities, they all still have one thing in common. They celebrate the glory of togetherness between families, and the wonderful harvest that they have either grown themselves or bought from the local supermarket. So next time you pick up your slice of pumpkin pie, think about all of the other people around the world who share the same practice as you.