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Unique Thanksgiving Celebrations Worldwide


Some festivities have religious and political meanings, while other holidays were invented for people to visit their dead.  People’s gratitude keeps the day alive, and proves that not only is there a number of ways to celebrate, there’s also different ways to say “Happy Thanksgiving”.

Korea: Chuseok

Every 15th day of the eighth month on the lunar calendar calls for a grand celebration -Chuseok.  Honoring this holiday not only guarantees a full appetite with Korean specialties like songpyeon (rice cake), but it also incorporates cultural dances like ganggangsullae and a friendly competition as well.

In a true Korean manner, the holidayalso remembers to honor the dead. That’s why they pay their respects by decorating the graves of their ancestors with meat, fruits and perform other rituals.

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