- India celebrates harvest in various regions
- Canada celebrates thanksgiving in October
- The cornucopia is traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans. It comes from Greek mythology and was said to be a “horn of plenty” that was given by the Greek god Zeus. The horn was believed to magically produce an endless supply of anything desired by the one who owns the horn.
- The Chinese Festival of “Chung Ch’ui” — on this day many in China eat moon cakes (small yellow cakes) to celebrate the harvest moon
- The Jewish feast of Sukkot is observed during the harvest season
- Ancient Egyptians had a feast in honor of Min, the god of harvest and fertility
- Lamas Day, was celebrated in the British Isles. On this day people would take a loaf of bread to church. The loaf was baked from the first harvest.
- Harvest Festival is celebrated in the UK and as time goes on many of the American traditions and foods are added to celebration dinners.
- Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day is celebrated in Croatia on August 5th. But rather than a thanksgiving holiday it is really a memorial to the day that the city of Knin was seized by the Croatian Army during the War of Independence.
- Other countries such as Germany, Brazil, Ghana, Nigeria and Korea also have thanksgiving and/or harvest festivals
1 Come, let’s shout praises to God, raise the roof for the Rock who saved us! 2 Let’s march into his presence singing praises, lifting the rafters with our hymns! 3 And why? Because God is the best, High King over all the gods. 4 In one hand he holds deep caves and caverns, in the other hand grasps the high mountains. 5 He made Ocean – he owns it! His hands sculpted Earth! 6 So come, let us worship: bow before him, on your knees before God, who made us! 7 Oh yes, he’s our God, and we’re the people he pastures, the flock he feeds. Psalm 95:1-7 – The Message
May your Thanksgiving be truly blessed!