It is Thanksgiving here in America and for many Americans around the world.  However, I bet many have no clue that other countries have a thanksgiving holiday or harvest festival too.  And, I bet many did not realize it is a special holiday that is not even tied to any specific religion.  You can really celebrate it however you want.  

Here are just a few of the other harvest festival or thanksgiving celebrations from around the world:

  • China has “Chung Ch’ui” Moon Festival
  • Vietnam has Tet-Trun-Thu Festival
  • South India has Pongal
  • UK has Harvest Festival
  • Germany has Erntedankfest
  • Brazil has Day of Thanksgivings
  • Ghana has Homowo “Yam” Festival
  • Canada has Canadian Thanksgiving
  • Barbados has Crop Over Festival
  • Malaysia has “Kadazan Harvest” Celebration
  • Jewish has Sukkot
  • British Isles have Lammas Day
  • Japan has Labor Thanksgiving Day

And now, here are some thanksgiving quotes to reflect on and help us get into the spirit of thanksgiving:

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” — JFK

“I am grateful for what I am and have.  My thanksgiving is perpetual.” — Henry David Thoreau

“Over and over I marvel at the blessing of my life: Each year has grown better than the last.” — Lawrence Welk

“Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.” — Native American saying

“A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.” — Cicero

“O Lord that lends me life, Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness.” — William Shakespeare

“Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.” — Aesop

“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” — Epictetus

“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer.  And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” — Maya Angelou

“We return thanks to our mother, the earth, which sustains us.  We return thanks to the rivers and streams which supply us with water.  We return thanks to all herbs, which furnish medicines for the cure of our diseases.  We return thanks to the moon and stars, which have given to us their light when the sun was gone.  We return thanks to the sun, that has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye.  Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit, in Whom is embodied all goodness and Who directs all things for the good of Her children.” — Iroquois

Gratefulness is contagious, we all should be thankful on more than just Thanksgiving. Regardless of your country of origin, go and have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your friends and/or family!