It’s November, and that means only one holiday is on the mind—Thanksgiving! In America, we know it as a day to overeat, watch football and prepare for Black Friday shopping. Although Thanksgiving is known as a unique American holiday, many different countries have their own traditions and reasons for dedicating a day to gratitude. Check out some of these international Thanksgiving celebrations!

China, Chung Chiu Moon Festival
The Chinese Moon Festival is on the 15th of the 8th lunar month. Also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, families reunite for a three-day feast. The moon cake—a sweet cake filled with sesame seeds, ground lotus seeds and duck egg—is the featured food during this celebration. Families and friends often exchange them as a sign of unity and peace.

Ghana, The Homowo Festival, The Yam Festival
While yams are a popular dish to the American Thanksgiving tradition, they also are a major crop in Ghana—so major that they get their own celebration! The word Homowo means “hooting at hunger,” and to ward against famine and thank the spirits for the bountiful harvest, the people of Ghana (West Africa) celebrate by dressing in multi-colored togas, dance to ceremonial drums and end with a large feast (featuring, you guessed it, yams).

South India, Pongal, The Harvest Festival
Pongal is a four-day celebration, held on January 14th, honoring the Sun for a bountiful harvest. Named after a sweet rice dish, families and friends gather for a community feast where they share crops and give thanks to everyone who contributed to a successful harvest.

Germany, Erntedankfest
Erntedankfest is primarily a rural and religious harvest celebration, and it is often observed on the first Sunday of October. The day begins with a sermon and is followed by music, dancing and a bounty of fruits and vegetables from the harvest. There won’t be a turkey to be found here. The people of Germany celebrate their day of thanks with chicken!

Canada, Canadian Thanksgiving
This is the closest to the Thanksgiving celebration we all know and love. Thanksgiving in Canada is celebrated on the second Monday of October every year to give thanks at the close of the harvest season. Much like America, Canada celebrates its day of thanks with parades, football, turkey and pie.

Aren’t you in the mood for Thanksgiving Day dinner now? Start stocking up on all of your holiday supplies at your local Sparkle Market!

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