In honor of this special day, Cheza Nami would like to dedicate a Thanksgiving blog post to how children in other countries celebrate Thanksgiving. Last year Cheza Nami wrote about the Homowo Harvest festival celebrated in Ghana. What a unique and colorful festival! There are however some other countries where families get together at fall (autumn) and share different foods and gifts with family, in their own country’s version of Thanksgiving.
The Patron Saint Nicholas visits Europe
However scared of Krampus children may be though, their excitement far outweighs their fear because Saint Nicholas brings gifts!
Children will leave their shoes near a window or door on this night. They may also leave their Christmas wish list in their shoe for Saint Nicholas so he can deliver it to Santa.
Then on the morning of 6th November, children wake to find their shoes stuffed with small presents! Traditionally, tangerines and shelled nuts are among these gifts.
The Moon Festival in China
This tradition comes from the ancient Chinese who observed that the movement of the moon had a close relationship with changes of the seasons and agricultural production. To express their thanks to the moon and celebrate the harvest, they offered a sacrifice to the moon in autumn.
Moon cakes are usually ornately decorated. Sometimes they have an imprint on top consisting of the Chinese characters for "longevity" or "harmony".
Imprints of the moon, the Lady on the moon, flowers, vines, or a rabbit may also surround these characters.
On the Moon Festival, children and their families remember family members and friends who live far away.
There are also some other customs on this day like playing games with lanterns and watching traditional Chinese dragon and lion dances.
The Persian Festival of Autumn
Symbolic dishes decorate the family dinner table on this day like pomegranates, wheat and barley. Wholesome food like meat, vegetables, nuts and sweets are part of the Mehregan feast. A colorful table is set and the tablecloth edges are lined with the herb marjoram. A religious book is placed on the table with a mirror and a type of eye make-up. A few other symbolic items like silver coins and rosewater adorn the table while frankincense is burnt.
Author: Donna Van Wyk
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