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Thanksgiving All Over The World

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The original story of Thanksgiving might be an American tale, but the tradition of families joining together for a bountiful feast exists all around the globe. Here's how some other countries celebrate their own version of Thanksgiving. 

Germany: Erntedankfest

Erntedankfest, which means "harvest festival of thanks," is not an official national holiday, but it is still celebrated by a significant amount of families. Like Thanksgiving in the U.S., it's usually paired with a big parade. The celebration is for the plentiful harvest that comes each year in the fall. 

China: Mid-Autumn Festival

The Mid-Autumn festival celebrates the annual harvest and is celebrated primarily in China, but is also an official holiday in Taiwan, Korea, and Vietnam. Also known as the Moon Festival or Mooncake Festival, the celebration includes families gathering together, giving thanks, and coming together in prayer. Sound familiar?  

West Africa: Yam Festival

This cultural festival is held by the Igbo people at the end of each rainy season in August. Yams are the first and most plentiful crop to be harvested, and the celebration is representative of a bountiful haul. Yams, not turkeys, are the centerpiece of this holiday of giving thanks, but families still flock from all over to spend this special day together.

Greece: Tsiknopempti 

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 Fans of barbecue might want to pack up and travel to Greece for this one. Meaning "Thursday of the Smoke of Grilled Meat," Tsiknopempti is meant to signify the beginning of Lent with a massive feast alongside your closest friends and family.