November 24th is Thanksgiving in the U.S.
Every year on the fourth Thursday in November, families and friends gather to share food, argue politics, swap recipes, watch football, and somehow manage to get through the day as only families can – thankful that these exasperating, crazy, last-nerve-working, and wonderful mix of people are yours (or being thankful that they’re not). All the minor plays that strengthen the bonds of whatever family means to you.
Most cultures celebrate some form of Thanksgiving – being grateful for what we have and those we share it with is universal:
– Germany celebrates Erntedankfest on the first Sunday of October – a harvest festival that gives thanks for good fortune and a good year.
– Korea celebrates Chuseok, when family members gather to hold memorial services in honor of their ancestors; a celebration of the harvest and thanksgiving for the bounty of the earth.
– Japan celebrates Labor Thanksgiving Day on November 23rd – a celebration of hard work and community involvement.
– Canada Thanksgiving is observed on the 2nd Monday in October – food, vacations, and parades are the theme to give thanks and celebrate the harvest.
– Liberia celebrates by filling churches with baskets of local fruits for auction, giving back to their community.
– China has August Moon Festival, celebrated for more than 2,500 years, to express thanks to the moon and celebrate the harvest.
So it appears that giving thanks, being aware of the good that surrounds us, even for the day, is universal.
Puradyn wishes all our friends, family, employees and customers a Thanksgiving that lasts all year, the blessings of good fortune in business, camaraderie, plenty of food and most of all, compassion as we go through this year into the next.