Thanksgiving Around The World
Ah thanksgiving, that hallowed and revered time when family, friends and loved ones come together to share food, fun and memories. To the early pilgrims, it was in celebration of the first wheat harvest, which ensured their future survival.
We are far removed from those early days but the tradition continues. For many it bears little resemblance to that first feast so long ago but for others it remains a time of great thanksgiving to the God who provides our abundant bounty.
As Americans, we truly have much for which to be thankful. However, it may surprise you to know that we are not the only people who celebrate such a day of gratitude. Similar celebrations occur worldwide. For example,
Homowo Festival – GhanaÂÂ ÂÂ
A terrible famine claimed the lives of the early Gas people, five or six centuries ago. In the arid Accra region of Ghana, where one lives or dies by the monsoon rains, the lack of substantial precipitation caused a devastating famine. Thankfully, the rains finally came and the grateful people of Ghana could again raise the food needed to survive. The celebration of Homowo commemorates that event.
Homo loosely translated means "Hunger" and wo means "to Hoot" or scoff. So this celebration commemorates the time when the people of Ghana could once again "Hoot at hunger".The festival starts in May with the planting of crops before the advent of the rainy season.
One of the festival dishes served is Kpekple, also referred to as kpokpoi.
It is a mixture of
- corn meal
- Palm nuts
- Pepper, Tomatoes
- Fresh fish
You can find the actual recipe here.
Chuseok - pronounced (Choo - Suck) is a major harvest festival and a three-day holiday in Korea, celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar, roughly around September.
The traditional dish served on Chuseok is SongPyeun, a small half-mooned shaped rice cake stuffed with sweetened sesame seeds, pine nuts or chestnuts. Here is a songpyeon cooking demo link from well-known Korean recipe blogger Maangchi.
Kaamatan Festival - Malaysia
Kaamatan or Pesta Kaamatan is a Harvest Festival and is a special celebration ceremony to honor the "Bambazon" or the spirit of the padi plant. It is revered as the overall creator, and an omnipotent source of life and existence. Various dishes are made from the Paddi plant including Tapai (ta-pie), a traditional fermented food found throughout much of East- and Southeast Asia. It is an alcoholic paste and has a sweet or sour taste. Tapai is typically made from cassava, white rice, or glutinous rice.
So as you gather around that thanks-giving table, just remember that folks all over the world are offering similar acts of gratitude. We all need to cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude.
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