Day 7: Look up various Thanksgiving Day Traditions. Which do you think is the most interesting and why?
The ancient Chinese held a harvest festival called Chung Ch’ui to celebrate the harvest moon. Families would get together for a feast, which included round yellow cakes called “moon cakes.”
In the Jewish culture, families also celebrate a harvest festival, Sukkot. This festival has been celebrated for 3,000 years by building a hut of branches called a Sukkot. Jewish families then eat their meals beneath the Sukkot under the night sky for eight days.
In the British Isles, the major Thanksgiving forerunner was a harvest festival called Lammas Day, named for the Old English words for “loaf” and “mass.” On Lammas Day, everyone would come to church with a loaf of bread made from the first wheat harvest. The church would bless the bread, in thanks for that year’s harvest.
I find all of these traditions to be interesting. I couldn’t imagine eating a thanksgiving like dinner for eight days staright. Too much food for me.
- 5 Thanksgiving Myths Debunked (business2community.com)
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