Giving Thanks for Peace|感恩的季节

Giving Thanks for Peace

by Olivia Wycech

Thanksgiving is celebrated all around the globe.

  Thanksgiving is an American holiday that has long been associated with turkey, beer, football, and then the subsequent food comas. _(1)_ Thanksgiving is actually a tribute to the first November harvest, when the Native Americans helped the Pilgrims and made peace. It is celebrated today as a way to give thanks for all that people have been provided with since then.


  In Canada, on the other hand, the Thanksgiving holiday is observed in October. _(2)_ There is much debate about whether the first Thanksgiving happened in the United States or Canada, but both serve the same purpose.


  Countries all around the world actually celebrate the same holiday but with different names and less turkey. _(3)_ This holiday also honors the harvest and is held on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, which is usually sometime in September or October. _(4)_ Germans celebrate the Harvest Festival in October, with Oktoberfest happening around the same time. Koreans celebrate Chuseok in late September or early October, and Labor Thanksgiving Day happens on November 23 in Japan. Even Liberians celebrate Thanksgiving, with theirs taking place on the first Thursday in November. Liberians' Thanksgiving Day, however, celebrates the freeing of slaves. _(5)_


(A) For example, many countries in Asia celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival.

(B) The turkey has inadvertently become an unofficial mascot for the holiday, overshadowing the heroes that the holiday actually honors—the Pilgrims and Native Americans.

(C) Despite these differences, one thing is the same about all Thanksgiving celebrations around the world—they all celebrate harmony, peace, and gratitude.

(D) It also celebrates the harvest, with the first feast dating back to the days of the early settlers arriving in Canada.

(E) Similar to North American Thanksgivings, the Mid-Autumn Festival sees families getting together to eat and drink.

 

感恩的季节

全球各地都在庆祝感恩节。

  感恩节是美国的节日,而且长久以来都被和火鸡、啤酒、美式足球和随后的吃东西吃到昏昏欲睡联想在一起。火鸡无意间就成了这个节日非正式的吉祥物,锋头甚至掩盖了这个节日真正要尊崇的英雄,那就是清教徒和美国原住民。事实上,感恩节是尊崇清教徒在当年十一月的首次丰收,当时美国的原住民对他们伸出援手并和他们和平共处。从那时起,人们就把庆祝感恩节当作一种对被给予的东西加以感谢的方式。


  另一方面,加拿大是在十月庆祝感恩节。该国的感恩节也是庆祝丰收,最早的一顿大餐可追溯至早期移民抵达加拿大的时期。有许多人争论最早的感恩节到底是在美国或是加拿大出现的,但其实两者的目的都一样。


  事实上,世界各国都在庆祝相同的节日,只是节日的名称不尽相同,而且也少了点火鸡味。举例来说,许多亚洲国家都会庆祝中秋节。这个节日同样是用来尊崇丰收,它的时间是在农历的八月十五日,而阳历通常会在九月或十月。中秋节和北美洲的感恩节很类似的一点就是家人都会在这一天团聚在一起吃吃喝喝。德国人会在十月庆祝丰收节,而该国的啤酒节也在差不多的时间。韩国人会在九月底或十月初庆祝中秋节(编按:韩国中秋节的时间和台湾一样也是在农历八月十五日),而日本的勤劳感谢日则是在十一月二十三日。就连赖比瑞亚人也会庆祝感恩节,而他们的感恩节是在十一月的第一个星期四。然而,赖比瑞亚人的感恩节是用来庆祝奴隶获得解放。尽管各国的感恩节有所不同,但有一件事情是全世界的感恩节都一样的,那就是所有的节日都是庆祝和谐、和平和感恩。


答案: 1. B 2. D 3. A 4. E 5. C




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Giving Thanks for Peace|感恩的季节