The United Kingdom
The United States
In many ways, all of these countries are quite different from each other. However, they do share one thing in common—a holiday known as Thanksgiving. Usually during harvest season, and often in November, families and friends in these countries, and in many other parts of the world, gather to celebrate their blessings with food and fellowship.
In India, the major festivities are observed by Christians who live in the state of Goa. After cutting the first harvest of milk-filed corn from the rice fields, generally on or about the 15th of August, they celebrate with hymns and prayers.
Citizens of the United Kingdom first celebrated a Thanksgiving service in 1843, when Robert Hawker called for parishioners to a service at a church in Cornwall. Currently, nation-wide services are held in September on the Sunday closest to the harvest moon.
People living in Korea enjoy Chu Suk, a festival held during their harvest time. They celebrate by honoring their elders and by eating songp’yon, which are crescent-shaped rice cakes stuffed with sesame seed, chestnut paste, or beans.
Thanksgiving in Australia lasts approximately three days. Events include grape crushing competitions, street carnivals, and fireworks.
During Bible times, the Levites, the men who helped Aaron’s ancestors in the services of the temple of the Lord, stood every morning and evening to thank and praise the Lord (1 Chron. 23:28). What a great way to begin and end each day!
How about us? How do we give thanks and to whom do we give thanks? Do we worship at the altar of consumerism or at the foot of an old rugged cross?
Wherever you are this November, whatever this month sends your way, take time to be thankful for all that God has done for you.