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Thanksgiving Day



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 harvest.

NOWADAYS, it is celebrated with a very large feast shared with family and relatives.

Some traditional Thanksgiving foods are:

turkey meat
(picture of a turkey to the left)

potatoes and turkey gravy
(usually mashed potatoes)

(on or off the cob)

cranberry sauce

candied yams

buttered squash


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.


Dear Koreans,

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 means evening).

Since Chu-seok occurs on the night of the full moon, it is perhaps better translated as:

"The Evening of the Harvest Moon"

Thanksgiving 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 about Asian Festivals for more information.


 Dear Chinese,

Your Mid-Autumn Festival occurs on the same day as the Korean Chu-seok.  Perhaps, there is some relationship.


Dear Mongolians,

Why don't you have a harvest festival?  I really wish you did have one.



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