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Erntedankfest: Thanksgiving in Germany zollamt1 on Dec 31, 2009 Thanksgiving in German Europe has a long tradition, but one that is different in many ways from that in North America. First of all, …More
Erntedankfest: Thanksgiving in Germany

zollamt1 on Dec 31, 2009 Thanksgiving in German Europe has a long tradition, but one that is different in many ways from that in North America. First of all, the Germanic Erntedankfest ("harvest festival of thanks") is primarily a rural and a religious celebration. When it is celebrated in larger cities, it is usually part of a church service and not anything like the big traditional family holiday in North America. Although it is celebrated locally and regionally, none of the German-speaking countries observes an official national Thanksgiving holiday on a particular day, as in Canada or the U.S.
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German Thanksgiving Glossary
Erntedankfest

german.about.com/library/blthnxvoc.htm
Annotated English-German Glossary
Thanksgiving in Germany > Glossary > Vocabulary Quiz

Thanksgiving Vocabulary
Wortschatz rund um Erntedankfest!
Also see our German-English
Menu and Dining Guide
Noun genders are indicated by: r (der, masc.), e (die, fem.), s (das, neu.)
Abbreviations: adj. (adjective)…More
German Thanksgiving Glossary
Erntedankfest

german.about.com/library/blthnxvoc.htm
Annotated English-German Glossary
Thanksgiving in Germany > Glossary > Vocabulary Quiz

Thanksgiving Vocabulary
Wortschatz rund um Erntedankfest!
Also see our German-English
Menu and Dining Guide
Noun genders are indicated by: r (der, masc.), e (die, fem.), s (das, neu.)
Abbreviations: adj. (adjective), Br. (British), n. (noun), pl. (plural), v. (verb)

A
America (das) Amerika
Central America Mittelamerika
North America Nordamerika
South America Südamerika
The Pilgrims came to a place called “America” because of German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller (1470-1520), who named the continent after explorer Amerigo Vespucci when he created the first world map to bear the name America (1507).

B
bishop r Bischof (Bischöfe)
blessing r Segen
to count your blessings dankbar sein für das, was einem beschert ist; sich glücklich schätzen
bread s Brot

C
carve (the turkey) (den Truthahn) schneiden, vorschneiden
church e Kirche (-n)
in church in der Kirche
to church in die Kirche, zur Kirche
corn, maize, Indian corn r Mais
Do not confuse the German word das Korn with the similar English word. Das Korn refers to grain in general.
cornucopia, horn of plenty s Füllhorn, (fig.) e Fülle (plenty, abundance)
cranberry e Cranberry (-s), e Preiselbeere (-n)
cranberries (pl.) Cranberrys
cranberry sauce s Cranberrymus
NOTE: Cranberries are somewhat smaller than Preiselbeeren. German uses the English word for cranberries, but forms the plural with -ys rather than -ies.
Also see:
Erntedankfest-Quiz
Thanksgiving Word Search (online)
English-German Christmas Glossary
More English-German glossaries

D
dine, eat (v.) essen
dinner s Abendbrot, s Abendessen
dressing (salad) s Dressing, e Salatsoße
dressing (stuffing) e Füllung

E
eat, dine (v.) essen

F
fall, autumn r Herbst
in the fall im Herbst
family e Familie
food s Essen
fork e Gabel

G
goose e Gans
geese e Gänse
Goose is a traditional holiday dish in Europe. The goose is also a symbol of St. Martin because of the legend associated with him. Martin is said to have hidden in a stall to avoid the ceremony appointing him Bishop of Tours. Gabbling geese gave him away.
gourd die Kürbisflasche (-n)
grateful, thankful (adj.) dankbar
gravy e Soße, e Sauce (more formal)
Eine Soße can also be a salad dressing. The basic meaning is "sauce" and to make it clear, one may say Bratensoße or Fleischsoße for gravy; Salatsoße or das Dressing for salad dressing.
gravy bowl/boat e Soßenschüssel
Also see our German-English
Menu and Dining Guide

H
harvest (n.) e Ernte
harvest (v.) ernten
horn of plenty, cornucopia s Füllhorn

I
Indian, native American r Indianer
Unlike English, German makes a distinction between an American Indian (Indianer) and someone from India (Inder). The German term for "native Americans" is amerikanische Ureinwohner (pl.).

L
lunch s Mittagessen

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Erntedankfest: Thanksgiving in Germany
Thanksgiving in German Europe has a long tradition, but one that is different in many ways from that in North America. First of all, the Germanic Erntedankfest ("harvest festival of thanks") is primarily a rural and a religious celebration. When it is celebrated in larger cities, it is usually part of a church service and not anything like the big …More
Erntedankfest: Thanksgiving in Germany
Thanksgiving in German Europe has a long tradition, but one that is different in many ways from that in North America. First of all, the Germanic Erntedankfest ("harvest festival of thanks") is primarily a rural and a religious celebration. When it is celebrated in larger cities, it is usually part of a church service and not anything like the big traditional family holiday in North America. Although it is celebrated locally and regionally, none of the German-speaking countries observes an official national Thanksgiving holiday on a particular day, as in Canada or the U.S.
german.about.com/cs/culture/a/erntedankf.htm