How Other Cultures Give Thanks

Erin Gylfe and Ivy O'Donnel

Founded in 1621 on the Plymouth Plantation, Thanksgiving has stretched beyond the bounds of American culture to countries outside of the U.S. such as Canada and Mexico.

  Canada has also adopted the celebration. Hannah Walton, a Canadian-born senior, explains “it’s the second Monday in October. We celebrate it on Sundays though, because no one wants to go to work the next day after a big dinner.” Basically, “it’s the exact same just less extravagant.”

  Most Americans find themselves gathered around the dinner table on Thanksgiving evening with family and friends, enjoying a feast. Junior Luis Esteva explains, “We did not celebrate it in Mexico, but now we do. We eat a big dinner with turkey and potatoes.”

  Countries other than America do not center their celebrations around the history of the holiday.Other countries often celebrate mid-autumn festivals to express their thankfulness.

  No matter the culture or history, across the globe, nearly everyone finds a way to give thanks for what they have.