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The story of the Wampanoag tribe and the pilgrims is distinctly American, but Thanksgiving celebrations are far from it.


Whether it’s the end of November or the first of the year, many countries recognize Thanksgiving as a holiday.

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Many of them trace their origins directly to the influence of American culture. Others developed the holiday in their own right.

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Here’s a look at notable Thanksgiving celebrations around the world.

thanksgiving in canada

It’s probably not surprising to find Canada on the list of countries celebrating Thanksgiving. After all, Canadians are America’s northern neighbors.

But you might be surprised to know that their celebration is more than 40 years older than America.

According to history ChannelEnglish navigator Martin Frobisher held a ceremony in 1578 to thank him for the safety of his fleet. Centuries later, British loyalists who left the United States after the Revolutionary War brought American traditions, such as the turkey dinner.

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Today, the Canadian version of the holiday looks almost identical to the American version. While Americans celebrate the holiday on the last Thursday of November, Canadians celebrate it on the second Monday of October.

Families from both countries gather for large TV shows and professional football plays.

Whole cooked chicken poultry on a ceramic plate is served with a salad of potatoes and young beet with linen cloth on a black concrete background. dinner menu. (Photo Credits: Natasha Breen/REDA&CO/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

National Thanksgiving Day in Liberia

Liberia was founded by former slaves who moved back to Africa with the help of the American Colonization Society.

He established a government similar to that of the United States, adopted a flag similar to that of America, and introduced American traditions such as Thanksgiving.

In the early 1880s, Liberian authorities declared the first Thursday of November as National Thanksgiving Day. Today, it is largely celebrated by the Christian population of the country.

Churches auction baskets filled with fruits, while local families partake in feasts that include spicy roast chicken and mashed cassava.

thanksgiving in the netherlands

About 40% of the pilgrims who came to Plymouth in 1620 originated from the Netherlands – specifically, the city of Leiden.

Many of today’s Leiden residents celebrate their historic ties with the Pilgrims by holding non-denominational church services on the fourth Thursday of November.

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‘Arntedankfest’ (Thanksgiving in Germany)

Ertendankfest, which stands for the harvest festival of thanksgiving, takes place every October.

According to history ChannelIn a solemn procession, celebrants may carry an arntekron (“crop of the harvest”) of grain, fruit and flowers to their church, and eat fattened chickens or der Kasted rooster.

Many churches also use that day to thank their church for the good fortune they received that year.

Thanksgiving in Puerto Rico

When Puerto Rico became a US territory in the late 1800s, they adopted a number of Thanksgiving customs, putting their own twists on the holiday.

Celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, a Puerto Rican Thanksgiving meal includes turkey. It also includes roasted pork, banana dishes, rice and beans.

After dinner, Puerto Ricans also embarked on a shopping frenzy known as Black Friday.

This story was reported from Atlanta.