Global Exchange Vacation Club with Thanksgiving Traditions around the World


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Global Exchange Vacation Club with Thanksgiving Traditions around the World

  1. 1. Global Exchange Vacation Club with Thanksgiving Traditions around the World Over the centuries, many thanksgiving traditions have originated from different countries all over the world celebrating their gratitude for rich harvests. In most cultures, there was an ancient belief that crops enclosed spirits that caused them to grow and die. It was believed that when the crops would be harvested, these spirits would be released. People began harvest festival celebrations for defeating these crop spirits. Since it is almost Thanksgiving, we would like to introduce you to some interesting traditions from around the world. We hope you enjoy this holiday information. Tracing back to the ancient Greek culture, a harvest festival called Thesmosphoria honored the goddess of grains, Demeter, each and every autumn. On the third day of the festival they would offer the goddess Demeter gifts of fruit, cakes, corn, etc. and hoped that their gratitude to Demeter would reward them with a rich harvest. Ancient Romans celebrated their thanksgiving traditions and harvest festival, which was called Cerelia. Cerelia was a harvest festival that honored their Goddess of corn, Ceres. Throughout this festival there were games, music, sports, parades and fruits and harvest were offered to the Goddess Ceres. The ancient Egyptians also had their own thanksgiving traditions. They believed that there was a spirit that lived in their corn. When they harvested their corn they pretended to be grief- stricken and wept to try and deceive the spirit. The Egyptians honored their god of vegetation and fertility, Min, with their own harvest festival. Different from other festivals, the Egyptian’s festival was held during the springtime which was the harvest season in Egypt. The Pharaoh would take part in a parade and later hold a great feast where dancing, music, and sports were part of the celebration. The ancient Chinese culture celebrated Chung Ch’ui. This was a three-day harvest festival, which would come with the full moon that fell on the fifteenth day of the eighth month.
  2. 2. According to the Chinese, this was the day considered as the moon’s birthday. They believe that during the festival, flowers would fall from the moon and whoever would see the flowers would have good fortune. It was at this time that families sat down to have a Thanksgiving meal with harvested fruits, roasted pig, and traditional moon cakes, which are round and yellow like the moon. The Jewish also celebrate thanksgiving traditions during their harvest festival that last for seven days, called Sukkot. Sukkot is also known as Hag HaAsif, which means The Festival of Ingathering. The word Sukkot is plural for the word sukkah. A sukkah is a hut that is easy to assemble, easy to take apart and is made from branches. A sukkah was what the ancient Israelites lived in during their 40 years of dwelling in the desert. Nowadays, fruits and decorations are hung in the sukkah. On the first two nights of the Sukkot holiday, families sit inside the sukkah and eat together. During England’s harvest festival, it was customary to choose a Harvest Queen. The Harvest Queen was decorated with grains and fruits. On Thanksgiving Day, the Harvest Queen would parade through the streets in a carriage that was drawn by white horses. In Canada, Thanksgiving is celebrated on a different day than in the US. Canada’s observance of Thanksgiving began in 1879. Thanksgiving in Canada is held on the second Monday in October. Canadians sometimes call the Thanksgiving in the US as Yanksgiving to distinguish it from the Canadian Thanksgiving holiday and their own thanksgiving traditions. About GEVC: A leader in the vacation exchange club industry, Global Exchange Vacation Club (GEVC) has been branded by RCI. Vacations through our alliance with RCI points offer a variety of flexible getaway opportunities that await our vacation exchange club members. Your global vacation ownership will open the door to a flexible reservation system offering first class accommodations, travel and recreation! - Global Exchange Vacation Club