Thanksgiving Around the World
As an American I think of Thanksgiving as an American holiday. But it is actually celebrated in many parts of the world.
Observed most on the territory of Norfolk Island on the last Wednesday in November.
Fourth Thursday in November. Has taken on more of a religious day of thanks.
2nd Monday in October. Very similar to the American version of Thanksgiving. Of course, in the U.S. we call that day Columbus Day.
October 25th. And unlike most Thanksgivings that relate to harvests, in Grenada they celebrate Thanksgiving to commemorate the U.S. invasion of the island nation.
First Thursday of November. While originally transplanted from the American tradition, Thanksgiving has become a more general day of thanks, relaxation, and remembrance.
First Wednesday in November. While it is not an "official" or public holiday, many churches have it as a holy day of observation and remembrance.
Fourth Thursday in November. Thanksgiving was celebrated here as another American transplant. During WW2. it was celebrated in secret. Eventually Marcos moved the day to September 21, to celebrate his revolution. After his rule ended, Thanksgiving was abandoned. It has slowly surfaced again as a secular and commercial holiday during the months long Christmas celebrations that take place throughout the Philippines.
Celebrated 1st Friday of August. Known as Umuganura Day.
9. St. Lucia
First Monday in October
10. United States
The date has moved around some but almost always observed in November. For a few years we even had 2 Thanksgivings, one week apart. But for approx. 80 yrs now, Thanksgiving has been the fourth Thursday in November.
Labor Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated on November 23. Adopted during American occupation to recognizance and celebrate labor, productivity, and thankfulness for each other.