Thanksgiving Celebrations Around the World 世界各地同庆感恩节

如果你曾经在国外生活或旅行,你就知道在一个陌生的地方探索是可以那么的惊险。特别是在过节的时候,每一个人都回家去了,但是你独自一人,每逢佳节倍思亲。也就是说,在国外过节特别难受。

对于没有住在美国的美国人来说,感恩节是人们特别所想念的。因为不可能回美国度假,但许多人仍然努力制造假日的传统来庆祝感恩节。但是这样做可能会变得昂贵,这就是说,在另一个国家过感恩节必然受到所在环境的影响。有六百三十二万美国人居住在在世界的一百六十个国家和地区,因此可能会在比您想象的更多的地方庆祝美国人的感恩节。

在这里我们向你介绍这世界各地庆祝感恩节的几个亮点:

1.    在中国

在中国的首都北京,在感恩节前几周,当火鸡在市场中出现的时候,居住在北京众多的外国人也就随之涌入市场。但是火鸡的价格很高:六公斤半重的冷冻火鸡可能会花掉你50多美元。罐装的小红莓酱在中国也几乎不可能找到,但幸运的是还可以找到替代品。预备这样一顿美餐可能意味着要混合美式感恩节大餐和中式菜肴,结果有可能会很棒。

2.    法国

在法国过美国的感恩节绝对要比在中国方便得多。首先,法国所饲养的火鸡在欧盟是占首位,所以在法国就很容易买到火鸡。

巴黎在感恩节庆祝活动和独特传统中享有相当的份额。 1911年感恩节那天,许多居住在巴黎的美国人乘着感恩节假期访问了巴黎的“亨理之纽约酒吧”。在20世纪20年代,在这酒吧里经常出现着名作家弗朗西斯·斯科特·菲茨杰拉德和欧内斯特·海明威。

有网站和商店为寻找美国食品的外国人提供服务,比如罐装南瓜和小红莓酱。如果你一个人生活在法国,你可以随时到法国1,258家麦当劳餐厅中所提供的“巨无霸”来解决你的思乡之情。

3.    利比里亚

美国的感恩节在西非的利比里亚也是法定的节日。那是因为这个国家是由美国自由了的黑奴回到这个地方在1820年所建立的国家,

利比里亚的感恩节通常是在11月的第一个星期四举行庆祝,就像它在美国的姐妹假期一样,它也是庆祝食物和家庭的一天。但利比里亚的感恩节晚餐很少涉及火鸡。相反,利比里亚的感恩节大餐包括烤鸡,捣碎的木薯和砂锅荤素菜。


讨论问题:

  1. 你是否有参加过感恩节大餐?那是怎么样的?

  2. 在我们以前的课程里,你听到了或者学到了有感感恩节的什么内容?

  3. 对于感恩节你有什么样的期待?

  4. 在这一年里,你有什么感恩的吗?

  5. 如果你侨居国外,你最想念的是哪个节日? 为什么?

  6. 如果你恰巧是侨居国外,请分享你是怎样庆祝了你喜欢的节日。



If you've ever lived or traveled abroad, you know how thrilling it is to explore, and get to know life in an unfamiliar place. That is, until it's time for the holidays back home. It's particularly tough to be abroad when everyone else back home is celebrating the holidays.

And Thanksgiving is especially easy to miss for Americans abroad. While being home might not be an option, many still celebrate it by attempting to recreate the holiday's traditional spread. Since this can get pricey, this means that Thanksgiving in another country comes with its own local spin. With 6.32 million Americans abroad in 160 countries, Thanksgiving is probably being celebrated in more places than you'd think.


Here's how Thanksgiving looks in a few places around the world:

1. China

In Beijing, China's capital, turkeys begin to pop up in markets popular with ex-pats during the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. But a turkey comes with a hefty price: a 14-pound frozen one can cost you over $50. Canned cranberry sauce is also a near impossible find in China, but thankfully there are alternatives.  Putting together a meal might mean mixing both American and Chinese dishes, and the result could be pretty fantastic.


2. France

Celebrating Thanksgiving in France is definitely easier than it is in China. First of all, it's the leading turkey producer in the European Union, so you won't have any difficulties finding turkey there.

Paris has seen its fair share of Thanksgiving celebrations and unique traditions. Many American ex-pats visit Harry's Bar on the holiday, founded on Thanksgiving day in 1911. In the 1920s, the bar was frequented by famous writers like F Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway.

There are websites and shops that cater to ex-pats looking for American ingredients, like canned pumpkin and cranberry sauce. If you're alone, you can always remedy your homesickness with a Big Mac from one of the 1,258 McDonald's restaurants in France.


3. Liberia

One place where Thanksgiving is also an official holiday is Liberia, a West African country settled by American colonizers in 1820.

It's usually celebrated on the first Thursday of November, and much like it's sister holiday in the United States, it is also a day to celebrate food and family. But Thanksgiving dinners in Liberia rarely involve turkey. Instead, the thanksgiving meal in Liberia involves roasted chicken, mashed cassavas, and green bean casseroles.


Source:  https://mic.com/articles/74979/how-thanksgiving-is-celebrated-around-the-world#.NfN2KBaCV


Discussion Question:

  1. If you have ever experienced a Thanksgiving meal, what was it like?

  2. What things have you heard or learned from our previous classes about Thanksgiving?

  3. What aspects of Thanksgiving appeal or do not appeal to you?

  4. What are you thankful for this year?

  5. What festival or holiday would you miss the most if you live abroad? Why?

  6. If you actually live abroad, tell us how you have celebrated your favorite festival or holiday.

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