To do: Learn about other holidays of thanks like “Chuseok” in Korea or “Harvest Festival” in the UK.
Time: 30 minutes
Materials: A globe, a conversation about other cultural traditions
The modern day American observance of Thanksgiving typically culminates with a large gathering of family and friends for a shared meal.
Every family and culture is different of course, and this holiday is a great time to speak with your children about how other cultures give thanks!
Here’s an interesting article from the Atlantic, featuring a slideshow with Thanksgiving-like holidays from around the world. Choose a few to speak about with your family! For example:
Chuseok from Korea: This ancient festival is a time to spend with family, and often involves special tradition foods like a rice cake shaped like a half moon. It’s a celebration of the good harvest!
Harvest Festival in the UK: It’s not a national holiday, but many communities in the United Kingdom still celebrate the fall harvest with a dinner or religious service. Can you locate the UK on a globe or map?
How does your local community celebrate Thanksgiving? Are there parades or community dinners? Speak about all the different cultural traditions that exist around the world!
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