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Celebrate thankfulness during Thanksgiving

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By Gene Linzey

What’s happening this Thanksgiving? Let’s see: the Colts will play the Falcons; that should be a good game. Luby’s is offering a complete meal-to-go for its customers at a decent price. Kraft Foods has a wonderful array of recipes online. There is even a “Thanksgiving On The Net” site. If you have some spare time, that is worth visiting.A friend of mine asked me if there were any Thanksgiving celebrations before the Pilgrims came to America. The answer, of course, is yes. Here are a few tid-bits of Thanksgiving trivia.The Egyptians had a harvest festival to honor Min, the god of fertility and crops. The Chinese had a harvest celebration on what they considered the moon’s birthday. Thinking that flowers fell from the moon on the third day, people watched for them, and whoever actually saw them fall would receive good luck. The Greeks worshipped the grain goddess, Demeter. And the Romans honored the goddess of grain, Ceres (which might be the same as Demeter), and celebrated the Cerelia harvest. This could be the origin of our word, cereal.The Hebrews have been celebrating their harvest festival, Sukkoth, for about 3,500 years. This is also called the Feast of Tabernacles and the Feast of Ingathering, and takes place about five days after Yom Kippur.