Many countries, including those represented by our Public Relations Global Network partners across the globe, celebrate holidays similar to the American holiday of Thanksgiving. They practice similar traditions, including celebrations with music and parades to demonstrate their thankfulness for bountiful harvests. They also enjoy large meals with family and friends.
Thanksgiving is essentially a harvest-related festival. It celebrates communal harmony. Though it is said to have been originated in America, a number of other countries celebrate harvest related festivals. They are observed with different names and in different seasons.
Chu Suk is a popular Korean Festival during the harvest season. The festival is also celebrated as a mark of respect to elders. Families visit their ancestral properties in home towns. It is a time for feasting and happiness for Koreans.
The Apple and Grape Harvest Festival is celebrated in Australia in the month of March. Celebrated for 3-4 days, various cultural and fun events are organized to mark the occasion. Grape-crushing competitions, apple competitions, street carnivals, and grand parade are some of the attractions.
The Harvest Festival is one of the oldest festivals in United Kingdom. It began in churches in the year 1843, when Robert Hawker invited local parishioners to a special thanksgiving service at a church in Cornwall. This resulted in the custom of decorating churches with home-grown products. In the old times, the success of crops determined the success or failure of the people. It is held every year in the month of September, on a Sunday nearing the harvest moon.
With the spread of western culture, Thanksgiving is celebrated in quite a few parts of India, the major festivity is observed by Christians in the state of Goa. Thanksgiving is popularly known as 'Ladin' or 'Ladainha' in India. 'Ladin' literally means a litany to the Virgin Mary. During the Thanksgiving ritual, people thank God for all the material and spiritual benefits.
People of Canada celebrate Thanksgiving on the second Monday in the month of October every year. It is celebrated as thanks for a bountiful harvest. The thanksgiving celebrations include parades, customary 'family feast' and 'turkey'. It is a time for sharing, loving and family reunions.
So whether you are gathering tomorrow to give thanks or have already done so for the year, on behalf of all of us at HMA Public Relations, we wish you well this Thanksgiving and always, and are grateful to count you among our friends and colleagues. Our offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday so our team can enjoy the time with their family and friends.