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Two men and zero women have been

executed in the United States in 2019.

78 Killed in Dhaka, Bangladesh
At least 78 individuals have been killed, and dozens injured, after a fire in the historic Dhaka district, the capital of Bangladesh. In the area of the fire, buildings are closely packed together, with narrow streets, and many buildings are run-down. The fire is believed to have been caused when fuel cylinder in a car exploded. The fire spread rapidly. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for all that are affected.
9 Killed in Chittagong, Bangladesh
At least nine individuals have been killed, and over 50 others injured, after a fire in a slum in Chittagong, Bangladesh. The cause of the fires is suspected to be a short circuit. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for all those affected.
5 Killed in Aurora, Illinois
Five individuals were shot and killed at a manufacturing plant in Aurora, Illinois. Five police officers were injured and the gunman was eventually killed by the police. On the day of the shooting, the shooter was being fired from his position at the plant, where he had worked for the last 15 years. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.
4 Killed in Kashmir
Four Indian soldiers have been killed in India-administered Kashmir, following a clash with militants. Recently, in the same region, over 40 others were killed in a suicide attack. Pakistani and Indian forces have been battling over the area. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for peace.
Flooded Gold Mine in Zimbabwe
Nine miners have been rescued alive from a flooded, illegal gold mine in Zimbabwe, while the bodies of 24 others have been recovered. Flooding occurring after a dam burst. While nine have been rescued, dozens of others remain missing and are feared dead. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the missing miners and for their families.
Force Withdraw Agreement in Yemen
Government and rebel forces have reached an agreement to withdraw forces around the port of Hudaydah. The withdraw is part of a ceasefire agreement reached last year. The conflict began in 2015, and has resulted in thousands of civilian deaths and injuries. Please pray for peace in the region. Please pray for the families of the deceased and for healing for the injured.
7 Killed in Haiti
At least seven individuals have been killed as a result of protests against the government in Haiti. Protesters are protesting the soaring inflation and accuse the government of corruption and misappropriation of funds. The protesters have also asked for the resignation of President Jovenel Moise. The President has rejected the idea. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Pleas pray for peace.
17 Killed in New Delhi, India
At least 17 individuals have been killed after a fire in a hotel in New Delhi, India. Thirty-five others were rescued from the fire and 19 were taken to the hospital for injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
Heat Wave in Australia
A record heat wave, following a record drought, in Australia have farmers, and others, worried. The drought and heat have caused animals to die and worries that crops will not be able to be planted. Across the globe, the United States is experiencing record cold temperatures. Please pray for all those affected by extreme temperatures. Please pray for their safety and health.

Celebrating Thanksgiving Around the World

 

Although traditionally associated with the United States of America, we are not the only nation to celebrate Thanksgiving.  Nations throughout the world also celebrate a day called Thanksgiving, often in their own way.

 

Canada celebrates Thanksgiving every year on the second Monday of October.  The first Canadian Thanksgiving celebration is believed to have occurred in present-day Newfoundland in 1578, 43 years before American started celebrating!  Like America, it began as a day to give thanks and celebrate a successful harvest.  You would probably recognize many of the dishes served, including pumpkin pie, sweet potatoes, and stuffing!  During the American Revolution, many of those loyal to England moved to Canada, taking with them many of the American traditions.  Unlike America, where it is a public holiday in all 50 states, Thanksgiving remains optional in several of Canada’s Atlantic provinces.

 

Grenada celebrates Thanksgiving every year on October 25.  Grenada’s celebration, however, bears no resemblance to that of the United States or Canada.  On October 25, this Caribbean nation celebrates the anniversary of the US led invasion of the island in 1983, following the murder of the Prime Minister Maurice Bishop.  The US led invasion overthrow the party responsible for Maurice’s murder.  Thanksgiving Day is considered a public holiday in Grenada, meaning banks and most business are closed.

 

Liberia celebrates Thanksgiving every year on the first Thursday of November.  Like Canada, the tradition came from the United States.  The nation of Liberia began in 1820, when freed black slaves returned to Africa, bringing with them the tradition of Thanksgiving.  Many of the foods, such as turkeys and pumpkins, have been replaced with local food items such as roast chicken and mashed cassavas, and are often served quite spicy.

 

The Netherlands remember those who came to Plymouth Plantation via the city of Leiden, where many births, marriages, and deaths were recording at the Pieterskerk (St. Peter’s church).  In commemoration, a non-denominational Thanksgiving Day service is held every year Pieterskerk on the morning of Thanksgiving Day in the United States.

 

Norfolk Island, an Australian territory, celebrates Thanksgiving on the last Wednesday of November every year.  The holiday was introduced to the island by visiting American whaling ships.  Prior to World War II, the United States used to celebrate Thanksgiving on the last Thursday of month, likely how Norfolk Island came to celebrate on the last Wednesday of the month.

 

Germany celebrates Erntedankfest, the Harvest Thanksgiving Festival, in early October every year.  The holiday has a significant religious component to it and is similar to the United States in that the celebration includes large harvest dinners and parades.  Oktoberfest, the Bavarian beer festival often coincides with Erntedankfest.

 

Japan celebrates 勤労感謝の日 (Labor Thanksgiving) every year on November 23.  The national holiday developed during the American occupation following World War II.  The holiday celebrates labor and production and giving one another thanks.  The Japanese celebration is also related to an ancient harvest ceremony.

 

Puerto Rico, a territory of the United States, celebrates Thanksgiving on the same day as the rest of the United States, every year on the fourth Thursday of November.  Similar to Liberia, Puerto Ricans have substituted traditional American food for native, local food including tastiness (fried plantains), turkey stuffed with mofongo, slow-roasted pavochon, roast pork and rice and beans, and, for dessert, tembleque (a cinnamon-coated coconut custard).

  

Britain, and numerous other nations, do not celebrate Thanksgiving, however they celebrate Harvest Festivals.  These festivals can occur at any time throughout the year, in accordance with the nation’s differing climates and crops.  In earlier times, farmers would often, at the end of the harvest season, enjoy a harvest supper and invite all those who had participated in the harvesting of crops to partake in the meal.  Often the celebration would include games.

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