QUESTION: Besides the United States, what other country celebrates Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday in November?
Answer: d. Brazil
In South America, many of the native Indian cultures contain expressions of gratitude and thanksgiving, and in modern Brazil a special public day of thanksgiving and prayer has been designated for the fourth Thursday of November every year since 1949.
Throughout history, mankind has celebrated the bountiful harvest with thanksgiving ceremonies. Our present day celebrations incorporate many traditions of our ancestors from all over the world!
Did you know that:
- The ancient Greeks worshipped Demeter the goddess of grains every autumn.
- The ancient Roman harvest festival of Cecelia honored Ceres the goddess of corn (this is where we get our word ‘cereal’ from!) each year on October 14th.
- The Chinese celebrate their harvest festival with the full moon that falls on the 15th day of the 8th month of the Chinese Lunar calendar! They consider this the birthday of the moon and celebrate with moon cakes!
- The early Hebrews as well as modern Jewish families have a harvest festival called Sukkoth. Celebrated each autumn for over 3000 years, Sukkoth is named for the huts (succots) that Moses and the Iraelites lived in as they wandered the desert.
- The ancient Egyptians celebrated their harvest festival in honor of Min, the god of vegetation and fertility. The festival featured a parade and a great feast (not unlike America’s celebration today!!).
- Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving on the second Monday in October!
Off The Mark Cartoons about Thanksgiving day: