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.
答案： 1. B 2. D 3. A 4. E 5. C