Vancouver, B.C., October 07, 2018
When was the first Thanksgiving in North America?
The first known thanksgiving treaty in North America was probably made by Francisco Vásquez de Coronado and the Caddo tribe on May 23, 1541, in what is today Texas. The discovery of food was celebrated by the expedition of the Spaniards.
Thanksgiving in Japan
Even in Japan, there was an ancient Imperial Thanksgiving (niinamesai "Cost of New Rice"), a Shinto ritual in which the emperor sacrifices freshly harvested rice to the gods. In the first year after the emperor's accession to the throne, the festival is celebrated as daijôsai ("great expense"). The first mention of this ritual, the origin of which is suspected earlier, can be found in the Nihonshoki from the year 720, where a ceremony from the year 678 is reported. Thanksgiving Day has become a public holiday celebrated on the 23rd of November, which is the day of thanks for the work.
Tamil Thanksgiving: Pongal
Pongal (Tamil: Poṅkal [poŋɡəl], literally: "boil over"), also known as Tai Pongal or Thai Pongal, is a Tamil harvest thanksgiving. It is celebrated at the beginning of the Tamil month of Tai (mid-January) and is one of the most important Tamil holidays. Pongal also refers to the rice dish, which is cooked during the festival but can also be eaten on other occasions. The festivities last four days in total.
The Roman Catholic German Bishops' Conference set the first Sunday in October as a fixed date in 1972, without making this stipulation binding on all communities. An official part of the church year is the Thanksgiving but not until today, the communities are not required to celebrate the festival. "The salvation-oriented year of the church knows no harvest thanksgiving." Nevertheless, the custom of thanksgiving for a good harvest has long been common in many Roman Catholic communities, so that - in addition to herb consecration on 15 August, Quatember and the firstfruits - in the Roman Catholic Church, the Eucharist on the first Sunday in October many times "Thanks for the Fruit of the Earth and Human Labor" on the altar surrounded by "Erntedank" Gifts.
Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving with your loved ones!
Enjoy and relax this Easter! We wish you all happy easter holidays and cozy hours with your loved ones. Use the days off to really switch off and leave all cares behind. Add to that a delicious meal and hopefully lots of warm rays of the spring sun - what more could we all wish for?
The Vancouver Christmas Market is finally back this holiday season! After a one year hiatus, the Vancouver Christmas Market is finally back in 2021 and we are more excited than ever. Downtown Vancouver’s beloved holiday tradition returns for the 11th time from Nov 13 - Dec 24 to Jack Poole Plaza. The market starts one week earlier than usual, for less crowding and even more chances for everyone to attend. For many residents and visitors alike, a yearly stop over at the Vancouver Christmas Market has become a seasonal ritual.
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