Here at MissTravel, we like to introduce members to trips they may not even have realized they wanted to go on. Also, both our attractive and our generous members have a lot to be thankful for, attending events and taking in sights that few others can. So it’s a natural step when we in the U.S. celebrate Thanksgiving in November on the fourth Thursday to wonder how other cultures give thanks for what they have in their lives. There aren’t any Pilgrims or stuffed turkeys, but these thanksgiving celebrations around the globe might make a great trip for a curious couple.
Thanksgiving in Canada features a different group of Europeans and is held in gratitude for a plentiful harvest instead of forging bonds of friendship between invaders settlers and natives. Actually, the very first T-Day in North America was held by Englishman Martin Frobisher in 1578 in thanks for his long voyage ending successfully in such a polite area of the New World. Today, the toque-loving country celebrates their Thanksgiving on the second Monday of October. Why not take a trip to Frobisher Bay and dig in to some poutine with maple syrup on top?
Be careful, though. The Canadians clearly mislabel their ham slices.
The Chinese enjoy a nice lunar festival, and their Thanksgiving is one of the sexiest festivals this side of Carnivale. Their Celebration of the August Moon brings people together on the 15th, when they believe the moon to be at its brightest and roundest. Under the pale moonlight, lovers express their feelings for each other. Then, in thanks for virtue and fertility, everybody eats moon-cake. This is a must-take trip even if it’s just to find out what the heck “moon-cake” is.
For Alabama’s August 15 celebration, something similar is consumed.
For those of you who might have been busy passing notes during history class, Liberia is a country founded by freed American slaves. Its history has been rocky, to say the least, but the free men and women of this African nation take a day every year to celebrate their delivery from slavery. Their Thanksgiving traditions are similar to those in the U.S., but with mashed cassavas (which are woody shrubs—yum?) taking the place of potatoes and stuffing. Take a seat—and not at the kid’s table—at a festival almost no one else in the world even knows about. It’s held each year on the first Thursday in November, giving you three weeks to get back to the United States for Black Friday.
Or maybe to get further away.
One of the greatest benefits of travel is to see your own world in a different way. Whether it’s Thanksgiving or Easter or a holiday entirely unknown where you live, taking a trip to attend a festival that brings a culture’s people together can expand your world. That’s one more thing to be thankful for.