The World Gives Thanks

We all know that Thanksgiving is being celebrated in the U.S. next week, and we all know that it's an American day of giving thanks. But did you know that there are Thanksgiving celebrations all around the world? Some are celebrated on the same day as the American Thanksgiving, and others are held on different days throughout the year. Here are some examples of Thanksgivings around the world:

A National Day of Thanksgiving (Dia Nacional de Acao de Gracas) became official in 1949 as a public, official, and solemn glorification of the name of God. The Chief of State and others celebrate this holiday in the Cathedral of Brasilia with a solemn Te Deum on the fourth Thursday of November.

A general Thanksgiving (Fete de Grace) and Harvest Home Festival was first observed in 1879. It is officially proclaimed yearly and celebrated on the second Monday in October.

The ancient festival by the Imperial Court is associated with rice offerings to both heavenly and earthly deities. It has been associated with national rest from labor and is now officially called the Labor Thanksgiving Day, celebrated on November 23.

The Federal Day of Thanks, Penance, and Prayer (Jeune federal, Der Eidgenossische Dank-, Buss-, und Bettag) is an outgrowth of days established by religious and secular authorities since 1650. The modern observance, since 1832, on the third Sunday in September is a quiet day to review the good things received.

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