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11-21-2011 @ 12:58AM
I'm an Australian who grew up without ever celebrating Thanksgiving. I'd vaguely heard about it but was never all that interested. Likewise, I never celebrated Halloween. In my younger days I was very much on the America-bashing bandwagon complaining about how irrelevant American holiday customs were to me. And then, 3 years ago I moved to Japan and since have celebrated Thanksgiving once and Halloween three times and...............they are awesome! Halloween (I learnt is actually a celtic tradition) is a blast, you get to wear cool costumes and party hard and Thanksgiving? Put it this way, it took me 26 years to discover a holiday that revolved entirely around eating too much and then having an afternoon nap, now THAT is my kind of holiday!TL:DR: I am a little sick of what Thawedtheorc referred to as the 'them and us' mentality. Open your mind, enjoy the culture of other countries and don't hate just for the sake of hating because I used to and I feel very sorry for my younger self sometimes.
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