Japans version of Thanksgiving focuses on working citizens.
Japan's version of Thanksgiving focuses on working citizens.
Although Thanksgiving is likely based on traditions that , it's celebrated in unique ways in many places around the world.
From cooking feasts for families to attending special church services, here's how nine countries around the world celebrate Thanksgiving.
The US celebrates Thanksgiving in November.
Not all Canadian provinces celebrate Thanksgiving.
Norfolk Island celebrates Thanksgiving on a Wednesday.
Although the mainland is devoid of a Turkey Day, the Australian territory Norfolk Island celebrates Thanksgiving with food, family, and special church services.
Celebrated each year on the last Wednesday in November, the tradition was originally brought to the South Pacific island by sailors on American whaling ships in the late 19th century.
A typical Liberian Thanksgiving involves church services.
Liberians observe Thanksgiving on the first Thursday in November. Brought to the country by freed slaves who fled the United States during the early 1880s, Liberian Thanksgiving traditions have religious undertones.
Rather than cooking large meals and spending time with family, Liberians attend church services and focus primarily on giving thanks to God for their freedom and their nation.
Grenada celebrates Thanksgiving in October.
In St. Lucia, most businesses remain open on the holiday.
The Netherlands celebrates Thanksgiving a week before the US.
Introduced by the same pilgrims who stopped in Leiden before sailing to the New World, Thanksgiving remains popular with the Dutch to this day.
The tradition is celebrated commonly enough that Amsterdam, the capital city's website, provides a quick and simple guide to comfort those feeling homesick during the holidays.
The Dutch observe Thanksgiving on the third Thursday of November each year.
Germany holds an annual Harvest Thanksgiving Festival.
Germans celebrate Thanksgiving with annual "Harvest Thanksgiving Festival."
Taking place sometime in late September or early October each year, Erntedankfest is considered a primarily religious festival but still involves big parades and large feasts made from autumn harvests.
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