Gan’en Jie Kuaile! Happy Thanksgiving!
It’s that time of year (traditionally) when most Americans will set aside time for gathering with family and friends, and express gratitude for the blessings of the previous year(s).
“Picking up on this American holiday, Chinese people generally think this is a time to have a Western meal and thank friends, family, workmates, and teachers or bosses. They call it “Gan’en Jie” (感恩节, literally: ‘thanks for grace holiday’).”
You can read more at China Highlights.
Unfortunately, I missed an opportunity to share last month about Mid-Autumn Festival, which celebrates three fundamental concepts that are closely connected (to each other and American Thanksgiving celebrations):
- Gathering, such as family and friends coming together, or harvesting crops for the festival. It’s said the moon is the brightest and roundest on this day which means family reunion. And this is the main reason why people think mid-autumn is important.
- Thanksgiving, to give thanks for the harvest, or for harmonious unions
- Praying (asking for conceptual or material satisfaction), such as for babies, a spouse, beauty, longevity, or for a good future”
- How do you integrate and honor traditional Chinese holidays in your practice of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine?
- Do you think doing so is important or useful?