I have always found the tradition of thanksgiving amazing.
Thanksgiving in America (thanks Google!) has its origins in the year 1623, Plymouth Masschussets where the said governor of the region, proclaimed to the pilgrims to gather and render thanks to the Almighty for all his blessings. The holiday commemorates a harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrim Fathers and is held on the fourth Thursday in November. In Canada, a similar holiday is celebrated usually on the second Monday in October.
So while the US and Canada celebrate this festival, I was wondering if we have such equivalent traditions here in India?
An ancient culture such as ours has many festivals to celebrate the bounty of harvest. With numerous Hindu calendars (solar, lunar and a mixture of both) that are followed, these festivals fall on different days of the year.
Going by the Indian regions, Pongal celebrated in the state of Tamilnadu, is the first one of such festivals in January.
Followed by Basant Panchami in Bengal and other northern states.
Ugadi and equivalents are the last to arrive in the month of April celebrated by the states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telengana and Maharashtra.
While we have no specific celebration equaling thanksgiving, I guess the spirit pervades.
Don’t you think the idea of carrying this spirit of thanksgiving through out the year rather than celebrating it for just one day is so wonderful? The blessing of having a good home, the love of my family and friends, good health, the food that I savor, the glorious beauty of nature are the things that are at the top of my mind. What are yours?
I know that in this busy world of ours, it is easy to forget to slow down to say a thanks. I want to take a moment to say thank you to all the lovely readers reading this blog (post), to the ones that have left me so many likes on my previous posts and to those who are following this blog. You are one of the main reasons that my words work. Thanks for indulging me.
The Upanishads – ancient texts dating back to 1500 BC, revered by Hindus has this shloka (verse) in Sanskrit, from the Taittariya Upanishad which symbolizes the spirit of thanksgiving – one of sharing, peace and togetherness.
Om sahanavavathu; sahanau bhunaktu;
Tejaswinavadhitamastu; ma vidvishavahai,
Om shantih shantih shantihi
Together may we flourish,
Together may we be nourished
Together may we toil
May our journey be bright, filled with purpose
There shall be no ill will among us
Peace and tranquility be upon the earth
Peace everyone. And a happy and blessed thanksgiving 🙂