Thanksgiving traditions in Norway

M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway Thanksgiving, originally the day of giving thanks for the harvest, is celebrated in various ways on differing days round the world, reflecting the diversity of cultural and religious tradition. In the U.S. and Canada, the history of Thanksgiving can be traced back to the Reformation. As in many other countries, it also hallmarks the harvest. Today the celebration of Thanksgiving Day conveniently is fixed. The celebration of Thanksgiving in Norway differs. In name, it’s nearly the same: Høsttakkefest translates directly to “Harvest Thanksgiving Feast.” But its roots are older and reflect both religious and secular tradition
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