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How to Say Thank You in Different Languages

November 15, 2013

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Thanksgiving Day is a heartwarming time where people gather with friends and family and give thanks for all of their blessings. This year, we thought it would be fun to learn how to say “thank you” in different languages! Here’s a list of how to say thank you in 50 different languages from all over the globe! As a fun Thanksgiving  activity, try out the different ways to say “thanks” with your loved ones to get in the spirit, while learning something new!

 



Thank You in 50 International Dialects

1. Afrikaans: dankie
2. Arabic: shoukran
3. Armenian: shnorhakalutiun
4. Bengali: dhannyabad
5. Bulgarian: blagodariya
6. Cambodian: orkun
7. Chinese, Cantonese: do jeh
8. Chinese, Mandarin: xie xie
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Canada’s Remembrance Day Poppy

November 5, 2013

floral design, decoration flowers, poppies border - corner Every year on November 11th, Canadians celebrate Remembrance Day, also known as Armistice Day and Poppy Day. It is a National holiday in Canada that marks the anniversary of the official end of World War I. It is a day of remembrance and appreciation for the men and women who have served. In the 11th month, on the 11th day, at the 11th hour, Canadians have a moment of silence to remember the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives for their country.

The Symbolism of the Red Poppy

Since November 1921, the beautiful red poppy flower has been a symbol of Remembrance Day. The Poppy symbolizes the memory of those who have died during armed conflicts, including World Wars I and II. The flower continues to grow on the former battlefields of Belgium and France today, where many Canadians once lost their life defending their country.

Canadians wear the red poppy on their clothing starting on the last Friday of October, up until the 11th of November. The poppies are typically worn on the collar of a shirt, on a hat, or directly over the heart. All these years later, Canadians continue to have a strong connection to the poppy, as a symbol of appreciation, honor and remembrance.

Remembrance Day Around the World

Remembrance Day is also observed in several other countries, predominantly in members of the Commonwealth including Australia and New Zealand. In the United Kingdom, Remembrance Sunday falls on the Sunday closest to November 11th. In the United States, Veterans Day is similar, which falls on the same date as Remembrance Day in Canada on the 11th of November.

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Thanksgiving Internationally: Giving Thanks Around The World

October 11, 2013

Thanksgiving internationally

There are many holidays around the world similar to Thanksgiving here in America, where people give thanks and celebrate what they are thankful for in life. Whether it is being thankful for good health, having food and shelter, or amazing friends and family, it is always nice to give thanks for the good things in life, no matter how big or how small. Check out ways that people around the world celebrate their own form of “Thanksgiving.”
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Canada-Flag Thanksgiving in Canada

Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday in October. On this day, Canadians celebrate the harvest and all of their blessings over the past year. Families come together and feast on a turkey dinner, similar to the tradition we have here in the United States. Also as in the U.S., Thanksgiving gifts for the hosts in Canada include desserts, gift baskets, and flowers.

China-Flag Moon Festival: Giving Thanks in China

The Mid-Autumn Festival in China, also known as the Moon Festival, is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month of the Chinese calendar. It is a Chinese belief that the moon is the brightest and roundest on this day. During this festival, family and friends gather together to express their feelings about each other and offer sacrifice to the moon. The traditional Chinese dessert for the Moon Festival is moon cake, similar to the pumpkin pie tradition in the United States!

South-Korea-Flag Chuseok: Giving Thanks in Koreafields-of-europe-for-fall-basket-91932

Chuseok is a day of giving thanks in Korea. It is celebrated in late September and early October. On this holiday, families come together to feast, share stories, and pay respects to their ancestors. The celebration also consists of dancing and dressing in traditional Korean costumes.

Brazil-Flag Dia de Acao de Gracas: Thanksgiving in Brazil

Brazil also has its own Thanksgiving, known as Dia de Acao de Gracas (the day of thanks). Dia de Acao de Gracas is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. It is a day to express gratitude and appreciation to God for all of God’s blessings, and the plentiful harvest throughout the year. Just like the United States, Brazil also has a big turkey dinner. Brazil is unique for its colorful “Thanksgiving” complete with fun and exciting Dia de Acao de Gracas carnivals! fresh-flower-cornucopia-91928

Germany-Flag Erntedankfest: Giving Thanks in Germany

The German harvest festival known as Erntedankfest is celebrated in September or October. The day is filled with lots of music, dancing, parades and sometimes even fireworks. Instead of a turkey, Germans feast on chicken and plenty of fruits and vegetables from the harvest.

India-Flag Vaisakhi: Giving Thanks in India

In India, farmers celebrate a harvest festival known as Vaisakhi (also known as Baisakhi). This celebration is practiced in the states of Punjab and Haryana. Vaisakhi usually falls in the middle of April. The people, especially farmers, thank God for their harvest and prosperity,and pray for another year of success. People celebrate by praying at the gurdwara (temple), having family gatherings, and by having the big “melas” (carnivals).

Israel-Flag Sukkot in Israel

The Jewish holiday of Sukkot (English translation: booths or huts) is one of the most important holidays in the Jewish calendar. It is also known as a harvest holiday, where farmers give thanks to G-d for the harvest. The holiday is celebrated five days after Yom Kippur, on the fifteenth of Tishrei, and lasts for seven days. During the seven days of this agricultural festival, observers live in a “sukkah” to give thanks.

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Wedding Flower Traditions Around the World

August 23, 2013

Wedding Flower Traditions Around the WorldYou’re up-to-date with all the latest wedding flower trends in the U.S., but do you know how international brides are incorporating flowers into their big day? Find out with these fun facts about wedding flower traditions around the world!

Greece

The first recorded use of wedding flowers was in Ancient Greece.  Flowers and plants were gathered together in the form of a garland wreath and placed upon the bride and groom’s heads during the ceremony.

India

In India, the groom’s brother throws flower petals on the couple to protect them from evil.

England

In England, some guests give the bride and groom a rose bush to plant. It is thought that the growth symbolizes the growth of a marriage, the blossoms symbolize happiness, and the thorns symbolize the trials of married life.

Sweden

It is an old tradition in Sweden for young girls to carry small bouquets of scented herbs down the aisle, and for the groom to carry thyme in his pockets. It was once thought to ward off any trolls during the special day.

Italy

In Italy, the grill of the bride and groom’s car is often decorated with flowers, symbolizing the road to a happy marriage.

Ireland

In Ireland, the bride’s bouquet includes English lavender, a symbol of love, luck and devotion.

Czech Republic

Many Czech brides will find a newly planted tree in their yards the day before their wedding. The tree will be decorated with different colored ribbons and painted eggshells.