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Old 10-25-2012, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Yup, it's pretty here in the fall. I'm sure glad I took photos last weekend, though. This weekend was supposed to be "peak" but looks like we might get brushed by a hurricane. As Scooby Doo would say "rot row!" Sandy might just make us wave farewell to the leaves for this year. Oh well, even if they're just here for a few weeks they sure were pretty.

 
Old 11-22-2012, 05:30 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Just wanted to wish all my friends on this forum a happy Thanksgiving. Gooble gobble!
 
Old 11-22-2012, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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Default To all you retired turkeys:

Have a great day and don't eat too much.
 
Old 11-22-2012, 11:07 AM
 
Location: land of ahhhs
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So far, so yummy! Happy Thanksgiving!
 
Old 11-22-2012, 11:34 AM
 
Location: NC
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Do other countries have the equivalent of a Thanksgiving celebration?
 
Old 11-22-2012, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Oregon
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Happy Thanksgiving!!
 
Old 11-22-2012, 03:14 PM
 
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Do other countries have the equivalent of a Thanksgiving celebration?
the following might be helpful.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada. Thanksgiving is celebrated each year on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States and on the second Monday of October in Canada. Because of the longstanding traditions of the holiday, the celebration often extends to the weekend that falls closest to the day it is celebrated. Several other places around the world observe similar celebrations. Thanksgiving has its historical roots in religious traditions, but today is celebrated in a more secular manner

Prayers of thanks and special thanksgiving ceremonies are common among almost all religions after harvests and at other times.[1] The holiday's history in North America is rooted in English traditions dating from the Protestant Reformation. It also has aspects of a harvest festival, even though the harvest in New England occurs well before the late-November date of the holiday
 
Old 11-22-2012, 03:40 PM
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Location: Cody, WY
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Before farmers learned how to prepare and keep silage over the winter it was necessary to kill almost all of the animals as they would have been unable to survive. Later, as farmers learned more about this they were able to delay the time of the slaughter which was also a time of feasting. Consequently, Halloween, once the traditional time, became too early in the season. The period between what are now Thanksgiving and Christmas became more usual. The latitude of the farmers made a difference as well.

There are many traditions dating from the old days and old gods. One is that the more that people eat and drink during this season the more they will have to eat in the coming year. Another is that we should feed our animals double portions of grain or special treats today. Still another is that we should leave food out tonight for our particular genius loci, the god of our homestead. I practice all of the aforesaid.

We now head towards the wnter solstice. It's the ultimate day of death but the next day is the first day of spring.
 
Old 11-22-2012, 03:57 PM
 
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We now head towards the wnter solstice. It's the ultimate day of death
...especially this year, if you believe the Mayan calendar...
 
Old 11-23-2012, 02:54 PM
 
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Do other countries have the equivalent of a Thanksgiving celebration?
Here in Australia we don't, do hope you all had a good time with your friends and families.
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