Thanksgiving Around The World


James Borowitz, Staff Writer

Erntedankfest in Germany

   In Germany Thanksgiving or Erntedankfest is celebrated on the first Sunday of October rather than the fourth Thursday of November. Erntedankfest is a harvest festival that gives thanks for a good year filled with good fortune. Churches in cities will hold festivals for Erntedankfest while the rural areas a Germany will have their own harvest festivals. In the cities, they might have a parade of a sort where they have someone wear the Erntekrone, a crown made out of grain, flowers, and fruit. Instead of eating a turkey the favored bird for the feast varies from a fattened up chicken, hens, roosters, and geese.  


Thanksgiving(Action de grâces) in Canada

Thanksgiving or Action de grâces is celebrated on the second Monday of October. Thanksgiving was declared an official holiday in 1879 and was moved from November 6 to the second Monday of October. The reason for thanksgiving changed from Martin Frobisher giving thanks for his fleet’s safe travels to a day of general thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed. The food you would see at a Thanksgiving feast in Canada is Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, and corn. A Thanksgiving day parade is also a common event for Canada.

Kansha-sai(感謝祭) in Japan

Kansha-sai is celebrated every year on November 23. The holiday comes from ancient harvest festival rituals called Niinamesai. The ritual’s modern meaning has to do with the celebration of hard work and community involvement. Kansha-sai traditions reach back to thousands of years ago but it only officially became a holiday in 1948. The holiday was intended to be a Labor day type holiday celebrating the rights of workers post World War II. Today it’s celebrated with labor organizations putting together festivals. It isn’t uncommon for children to make crafts and gifts and then give them to the local police officers.