I know we're excited to give thanks this Thursday, but did you know that Australians are too?!
The residents of a small territory of Australia called Norfolk Island love Thanksgiving just as much as we do and claim that it's one of the biggest holidays celebrated on Norfolk Island! A small difference is that they celebrate Thanksgiving the last Wednesday of November instead of the third Thursday.
Why do they celebrate Thanksgiving you ask?
Norfolk was once known as a British penal colony where American whaling ships would frequent, introducing American recipes like pumpkin pie and cornbread that complemented the dishes served at the British harvest festival. Although, the true idea of a Thanksgiving celebration wasn't officially introduced to Norfolk until the mid-1890's when Isaac Robinson, a trader who settled in Norfolk, became Norfolk's Registrar of the lands and first United States consul. Robinson was able to blend the traditions of Thanksgiving traditions into the culture of this tiny Australian Island. From there the rest is history and the idea of Thanksgiving continues to bring joy to the residents of Norfolk Island each year.
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Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving from The Stir Experience!
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