Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States. It was originally celebrated as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest. On this day Americans usually get together to enjoy Thanksgiving foods like turkeys. Actually several other countries around the world also observe similar Thanksgiving celebrations.
1．中国中秋节 China: Mid-Autumn Festival
The festival falls on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar when people miss family members and pray for a good harvest in China. It is an occasion for reunions among friends and relatives to eat mooncakes and watch the moon.
2．越南中秋节（儿童节） Vietnam: Têt-Trung-Thu Festival
The Mid-Autumn festival is named "Tết Trung Thu" in Vietnamese. It is also known as Children’s Festival. Rice is harvested before the 15th day of the 8th lunar month in Vietnam. Each household then offers sacrifices to the God of Earth. While occupied with harvesting parents do not have much time to take care of their children; therefore, they make full use of the festival to play with their children.
3．加拿大感恩节 Canada: Thanksgiving Day
Thanksgiving, occurring on the second Monday in October, is an annual Canadian holiday to give thanks at the close of the harvest season. People parade and eat turkeys to celebrate it.
4．巴西感恩节 Brazil: Thanksgiving Day
It is annually celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November after the ambassador of Brazil visited the United States and combined its harvest-celebrating festival with America’s Thanksgiving Day in 1949.
5．德国感恩节 Germany: Erntedankfest
The Harvest Thanksgiving Festival, Erntedankfest, is a popular German festival in September or October. Unlike the ones in America, it usually does not include family parties or large turkey dinners. People usually have celebrations with singing, dancing, and perhaps fireworks.
6．加纳感恩节（番薯节） Ghana: Homowo or Yam Festival
In the U.S. yams are essential to a traditional Turkey Day table. They are also a major crop in Ghana, and important enough to get their own festival. To thank the spirits for a bountiful harvest, Ghanians gather to celebrate and make different dishes out of yams.
7．希腊感恩节 Greek: Thesmosphoria
Thesmophoria is a festival in Greek to commemorate the goddesses of the harvest and growth named Demeter. It lasts three days in autumn, starting with a ritual, continuing with a fasting day, and ending with a dinner with corn seeds, fruits and cakes sacrificed to Demeter.
8．英国的丰收节：United Kingdom: Harvest Festival
The Harvest Festival does not have an official date in the United Kingdom, however it is traditionally held on or near the Sunday of the harvest moon that occurs closest to the autumnal equinox. Saxon farmers would offer the first cut sheaf of corn and a sacrificial animal to one of their fertility gods to ensure a bountiful harvest. The tradition of making plaited corn dolls to hang in rafters each year began in order to protect the rest of the harvest.
9．马来西亚丰收节 Malaysia: “Kadazan Harvest” Celebration
This holiday is observed in May, a rice harvesting season , to honor the rice god, the heaven and the earth in Malaysia. It is celebrated to offer gratitude for the good harvest this year and pray for a better harvest next year.
10．埃及收获节 Egypt: Harvest Festival
The ancient Egyptians celebrated their harvest festival in honor of Min, God of Vegetation and Fertility. The festival of Min was held during the springtime, the Egyptian’s harvest season. It featured a parade. After the parade a great feast was held with music, dancing and sports. When Egyptian farmers harvested their corn, they wept and pretended to be grief-stricken in fear of the corn they cut down would become angry.