3 global Thanksgivings worth celebrating

by Sean Hoade

Here at MissTravel, we like to introduce members to trips they may not even have realized they wanted to go on. Also, both our attractive and our generous members have a lot to be thankful for, attending events and taking in sights that few others can. So it’s a natural step when we in the U.S. celebrate Thanksgiving in November on the fourth Thursday to wonder how other cultures give thanks for what they have in their lives. There aren’t any Pilgrims or stuffed turkeys, but these thanksgiving celebrations around the globe might make a great trip for a curious couple.

1. Canada: America’s Buckled Hat

Thanksgiving in Canada features a different group of Europeans and is held in gratitude for a plentiful harvest instead of forging bonds of friendship between invaders  settlers and natives. Actually, the very first T-Day in North America was held by Englishman Martin Frobisher in 1578 in thanks for his long voyage ending successfully in such a polite area of the New World. Today, the toque-loving country celebrates their Thanksgiving on the second Monday of October. Why not take a trip to Frobisher Bay and dig in to some poutine with maple syrup on top?

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Be careful, though. This sliced Canadian ham is clearly mislabeled.

2. China: Pure Luna-cy

The Chinese enjoy a nice lunar festival, and their Thanksgiving is one of the sexiest festivals this side of Carnivale. Their Celebration of the August Moon brings people together on the 15th, when they believe the moon to be at its brightest and roundest. Under the pale moonlight, lovers express their feelings for each other. Then, in thanks for virtue and fertility, everybody eats moon-cake. This is a must-take trip even if it’s just to find out what the heck “moon-cake” is.

Moon PieIn Alabama, something similar is consumed.

3. Liberia: Woody Shrubs FTW

For those of you who might have been busy passing notes during history class, Liberia is a country founded by freed American slaves. Its history has been rocky, to say the least, but the free men and women of this African nation take a day every year to celebrate their delivery from slavery. Their Thanksgiving traditions are similar to those in the U.S., but with mashed cassavas (which are woody shrubs—yum?) taking the place of potatoes and stuffing. Take a seat—and not at the kid’s table—at a festival almost no one else in the world even knows about. It’s held each year on the first Thursday in November, giving you three weeks to get back to the United States for Black Friday.

sean hoadeOr to travel even further away.

Every culture gives thanks

One of the greatest benefits of travel is to see your own world in a different way. Whether it’s Thanksgiving or Easter or a holiday entirely unknown where you live, taking a trip to attend a festival that brings a culture’s people together can expand your world. That’s one more thing to be thankful for.


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‘Cat’s in the Cradle,’ White Trash Edition

‘White Trash Cat’s in the Cradle

(listening to the regular “Cat’s in the Cradle” while reading this is recommended for maximum filky pleasure)

My child got borned just the other day
Born at a hospital thanks to Medicaid
But I was in stir doing 90 days
He learned to smoke while I was away
He was setting fires ’fore I knew it, and as he grew
He’d say, Why don’t I look like you, Dad
Thought I was s’posed to look like you

And the crap is on cable and the Spam’s on a spoon
Huffing some glue and shootin the moon
When you stumblin home, Dad?
Hell if I know when
I’ll get my shit together then, yeah
We’ll go and watch the dogfights then

My son turned snitch just the other day
He said, thanks for bail, Dad, now let’s am-scray
Can I hide in your car? I said not today
Goddamn neighbors had it towed away
As he went to the safe house, his chances looked slim
He said, I’ll have a record long as him, yeah
You know I’ll beat some ass like him

TV dinners on the table and we’re cooking a spoon
Chasin’ some Jews and the occasional coon
When we getting some more meth, Dad?
Hell if I know when
I’ll get my shit together then, yeah
Get drunk and trash motel rooms then

My son got out of prison just the other day
Such a tough sumbitch I just had to say
Son, I’m proud of you
Wanna drink for a while?
His shook like a tweaker with his toothless smile
What I’d like, Dad, is fucking your common-law squeeze
See you later
Can I get with your skeeze?

Playing craps at the table and ingesting balloons
Choking on our own vomit then turning blue
When we gonna win, Dad?
Hell if I know when
I’ll get my shit together then, yeah
Buy us a doublewide then

I’ve long since given up, my son’s on the run
I called him up just to offer my gun
I said, I’d like to see you, come on outside
He said, Fuck, Dad, I’m trying to hide
You see, no way I’m paying Tammy child support
Bitch wants to take me to court, Dad
You know I don’t do good in court

As I hung up the phone, the police said to me
My boy was just like me, yeah
Now the judge won’t accept my plea

Been fap-fap-fappin’ in dirty bar bathrooms
Running out of E so I’m doin some shrooms
When you cleaning up, Dad?
Hell if I know when
I’ll get my shit together then, yeah
But if I don’t, fuck all of them

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