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Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated primarily in Canada and the United States as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. It is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States. Several other places around the world observe similar celebrations. Thanksgiving has its historical roots in religious and cultural traditions and has long been celebrated in a secular manner as well.
The traditions of Mexican Thanksgiving are very similar to that of American Thanksgiving celebrations. They decorate their houses to reflect the harvest season during Thanksgiving. Typical American feasts include turkeys and cranberry sauce. The Thanksgiving feasts in Mexico share a close similarity with American Thanksgiving feasts. Some of the most important dishes of Mexican Thanksgiving feast include Mexican chorizo pumpkin soup, candied pumpkin, fruit and nut bread pudding, ‘camote’, mango salsa, Chile-cranberry salsa, pork, chicken and turkey dishes such as turkey tacos and turkey enchiladas.
When we think about harvest festivals, we often think of Thanksgiving in the United States but there have always been harvest festivals everywhere – autumn celebrations jubilantly thanking the gods for their gracious, abundant bounty, and praying for their blessing to live and thrive for another year.
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