This Is How 15 Other Countries Around The World Celebrate Thanksgiving

Published November 7, 2021
Updated November 9, 2021

China

Chinese Moon Festival

Wikimedia CommonsA scene from a Chinese Moon festival celebration.

China celebrates their annual “Chung Chiu” Moon Festival, or the fall harvest, on the 15th day of the eighth lunar cycle of the year. On this day, Chinese families come together for a three-day feast that features a sweet delicacy called the mooncake.

Mooncakes are round pastries that typically contain duck egg yolks, lotus seed paste, and sesame seeds. The yolk represents the full moon, and the cakes usually have the baker’s logo or insignia embossed on the top.

Family and friends share mooncakes with one another, signifying unity and peace for the coming season.

Families watch the full moon and sing and recite poetry about it. Chung Chiu is a particularly special holiday for couples, who can celebrate some romance under the full moonlight. Even couples that are long distance make an effort to watch the moon at the same hour.

A similar harvest festival is celebrated on the same day in Vietnam, known as Têt-Trung-Thu or Trung Thu on which they also give thanks and honor their families.

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Bernadette Deron
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Bernadette Deron is a digital media producer and writer from New York City who holds a Master's in publishing from New York University. Her work has appeared in Yahoo, MSN, AOL, and Insider.
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John Kuroski
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John Kuroski is the editorial director of All That's Interesting. He graduated from New York University with a degree in history, earning a place in the Phi Alpha Theta honor society for history students. An editor at All That's Interesting since 2015, his areas of interest include modern history and true crime.
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Deron, Bernadette. "This Is How 15 Other Countries Around The World Celebrate Thanksgiving." AllThatsInteresting.com, November 7, 2021, https://allthatsinteresting.com/thanksgiving-in-other-countries. Accessed May 26, 2024.