Although Thanksgiving is likely based on traditions that began in Europe, 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.
In the US, this national holiday is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. Traditionally, the holiday is celebrated with feasts that are oftentimes centered around turkey.
The holiday is also marked by the annual Macy’s parade which features floats of famous characters as well as live musical performances.
Not all Canadian provinces celebrate Thanksgiving.
The first official Canadian Thanksgiving occurred in 1859 after Protestant leaders organized celebrations based on the American tradition. Technically, the national government recognizes Thanksgiving as the second Monday in October, but not all provinces celebrate it.
In Quebec, where it is called „Action de grâce,“ the day is not widely celebrated. Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador don’t consider it a holiday at all.
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.
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