Submitted by ub on Wed, 11/27/2013 - 13:43

As a multicultural perspective we should like to note that the Thanksgiving holiday began as a special feast to say thanks in the early days of the American colonies.

This practice originated from Native American traditions which celebrated communal harmony and a bountiful harvest.

Native Americans had a rich tradition of commemorating the fall harvest with feasting and games centuries before Europeans arrived.

Today, multiple cultures celebrate thanks for a plentiful harvest. Although observed with different names and traditions they all have the common theme of gratitude.

In India, which is a multilingual country united in its diversity, Hindu festivals are linked to agriculture and related activities.

In German speaking countries, Thanksgiving is an autumn harvest festival. It is called Erntedank and the Thanksgiving celebration is usually a rural harvest observance with religious services, a colorful parade, plenty of music, and a fabulous fair atmosphere.

Canadian and Chinese Thanksgiving is celebrated in October to coincide with the end of the harvest season...etc.

So no matter where in the world you are reading this and which cultural group you identify yourself with, City Island Images wishes to say THANK YOU for our thousands of visitors every month.