Thanksgiving Day is a HARVEST
festival / day.
Thanksgiving is ONLY celebrated by Canadians and Americans.
HISTORICALLY and traditionally
Thanksgiving was instituted to commemorate the First HARVEST of the
first pilgrims that came from England to the "new
world". They gave thanks to God for a bountiful
NOWADAYS, it is celebrated with a very large feast shared with
family and relatives.
Some traditional Thanksgiving foods are:
(picture of a turkey to the left)
potatoes and turkey gravy
(usually mashed potatoes)
(on or off the cob)
pumpkin pie and whipped cream
apple pie and vanilla ice cream
Please note that Thanksgiving is an American and
Canadian Holiday only.
Canadians celebrate it on the
second Monday in October.
Americans celebrate it on the
4th Thursday of November.
By the way, the proper translation for
Chu-seok is NOT Thanksgiving, although the two holidays ARE very
similar. Chu-seok is a word composed of two
Sino-Korean morphemes: Chu (which means harvest) and Seok (which
occurs on the night of the full moon, it is perhaps better translated
"The Evening of the Harvest Moon"
is a commemoration of the pilgrims first harvest in America, which was a
feast, eaten with the local aborigines of the area.
Note: Koreans celebrate the
festival of the Evening of the Harvest Moon (15th day) of
the eighth month of the Chinese Lunar Calendar, which is in late
September or early October by the Roman Solar Calendar.
See my webpage
Festivals for more information.
Mid-Autumn Festival occurs on the same day as the Korean Chu-seok.
Perhaps, there is some relationship.
don't you have a harvest festival? I really wish you did have one.