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Thanksgiving: Outside the United States

Although Thanksgiving is a quintessential American holiday whose folklore or history, depending on your perspective, is well known by every American school child, harvest time holidays are common throughout the world whose themes don’t stray far from giving thanks for what one has. However the specific harvest time festival of Thanksgiving is celebrated in several places outside the United States.

One society who celebrates Thanksgiving is our neighbor to the north, Canada. While the exact origins of Canadian Thanksgiving are unknown scholars have several thoughts. Some attribute it to Martin Frobisher who put on a celebration to give thanks for he and his crews survival of the long passage from England – on the way they encountered dangers such as storms and icebergs. Some credited the settlers of New France who came over with explorer Samuel d Champlain who gave thanks for a successful harvest.

As various settlers began arriving from Europe and New England they brought the harvest traditions of their homeland to Canada.

Thanksgiving is also celebrated in Liberia, the only African country created by American colonization. American freed slaves settled the colony in the 1820s. These freed slaves brought the traditional American Thanksgiving with them to Liberia. However, since turkey and pumpkin aren’t indigenous food stuffs they have been replaced with things like roast chicken and mashed cassavas – both much spicier than the food average Americans eat. Their celebrations also included church services, music, song and dance.

Norfolk Island, a territory of Australia, originally established by the mutineers of the HMS Bounty and their Tahitian captives, celebrates a version of Thanksgiving brought over by American Whaling ships.

Between 1609 and 1620 some Pilgrims who would later settle at Plymouth Plantation first come to the Netherlands. Because many had recorded marriages, births and deaths there there is a non-denominational celebration every year in honor of the Pilgrims who escaped religious persecution.

The German Erntedankfest – a Christian celebration – is a Thanksgiving-like holiday that while mostly religious in nature includes large harvest dinners.

In Japan, in November, there is a Labor Thanksgiving Holiday (roughly translated) in which people give thanks to each other and celebrate hard work. Though created during the American occupation after WWII the celebration has its roots in an ancient festival also celebrating hard work.

All over the world, whether the fruit on an American root or not, during harvest time many people take time out of their busy lives to spend with family to remember to reflect on on what they have been given.

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

Jody Victor

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More about traveling based on your personality type

Last time, Jody Victor‘s crew talked about several personality types and the vacations that would most likely suit them. This week we have another eight types and their best fits from the article from Huffington Post:

The Extreme Traveler:
This is an intensely energetic person who needs to stay active. An adrenaline junkie and sports fanatic. They might like to try heliskiing or shark cage diving in Australia.

The Celebratory Traveler:
These are party animals. They love fun and are outgoing. It is suggested they visit Ibiza.

The Artsy Traveler:
Outgoing and creative, this type loves art, music and writing. They may enjoy a trip to Paris to visit the Louvre and Musee d’Orsay.

The Curious Traveler:
This is an intellectual who is curious and loves a challenge. They might like a hike in a history-rich area such as the Oregon Trail. It extends from Independence, Missouri to Oregon City, Oregon with over 100 historic sites.

The Traditionalist Traveler:
This person works hard and plays by the rules. They like organization and to be in charge. It is suggested they check out Rosewood Jumby Bay in Antigua – an all-inclusive resort.

The Compassionate Traveler:
The compassionate traveler is sensitive and conscientious and cares about others and the world. They would enjoy an ecotourism vacation such as the Galapagos Islands.

The Daydreaming Traveler:
Daydreamers are idealistic and charismatic, love people, and helping others. They are also romantics and might enjoy a trip to Scotland with loved ones.

The Competitive Traveler:
They are hard-working and competitive. They need serious down-time and to be taken care of to recharge. A trip to Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea would greatly fit the bill.

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Jody At The Great Barrier Reef

If you ever get the chance to visit Australia, don’t miss it. It’s a great country, full of surprises! On one of our visits there we were able to take in the Great Barrier Reef. Because of its natural beauty, both above and below the water, the Great Barrier Reef has become one of the world’s most sought after tourist destinations.

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven wonders of the natural world. It is larger than the Great Wall of China and the only living thing on earth visible from space.

The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,600 kilometres (1,600 miles) over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres (133,000sqmi). The reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland in north-east Australia.

A large part of the reef is protected by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, which helps to limit the impact of human use, such as fishing and tourism. Due to its vast biodiversity, warm clear waters and accessibility from the tourist boats called ‘live aboards’,the reef is a very popular destination, expicially for scuba divers. Tourism on the Great Barrier Reef is concentrated in the Whisundays and Cairns due to their accessibility.

Many cities along the Queensland coast offer daily boat trips. Several continental and coral cay islands are now resorts, including the pristine Lady Elliot Island.

A variety of boat tours and cruises are offered, from single day trips, to longer voyages. Boat sizes range fron dinghies to superyachts. Glass-bottmed boats and underwater observatories are also pupular, as are helicopter flights. By far, the most popular tourist activites on the Great Barrier Reef are snorkelling and diving, for which pontoons are often used, and the area is often enclosed by nets. The outer part of the Great Barrier Reef is favored for snorkelling due to the clear pristine water.

Our trip was by boat and we snorkeled the reef. We saw beautiful corals, many varieties of fish and other sea creatures. All in all, it was well worth the time and expense. We highly reccommend it!