Pagan Thanksgiving?! Say What?!
Hello to all you beautiful souls!
I was browsing around on google images today to find a nice fall background for my Facebook and WordPress, when I came across some very interesting information I wanted to share!
Pagans do not have direct connection to Thanksgiving, however history does show that they did indeed celebrate. Here are a couple of traditions from different parts of the world!
In Greece, pagans held a 3 day event around this time of year called, Thesmophoria. This event celebrated the grain goddess Demeter. On the first day of Thesmophoria,women would create shelters made from leafy plants and would also furnish these shelters with couches for instance, that were made from other plants!
The second day of Thesmophoria, involved fasting, and the third day of Thesmophoria involved a huge feast in hopes that grain goddess, Demeter would bring an abundant harvest.
Let’s look at China..
The ancient Chinese held a festival called Chung Ch’ui, a celebration revolving around the full moon. China was being destroyed by thieves who left them hungry, and abandoned unable to return to their home. On this occasion women would bake moon cakes, which contained a message that had a warning and notice about when the attack would happen in hopes to prevent another devastation. It worked! The thieving foes lost against the Chinese because of this ambush! In honor of this, moon cakes are consumed around this time every year in remembrance of this event.
How do you celebrate thanksgiving?