I just started work last week and I was pleasantly surprised to learn that I already had a day off work on Thursday (November 3rd) for a national holiday. I was even more intrigued to learn that the national holiday was… Thanksgiving. Yes, you read that correctly – not only is there Canadian Thanksgiving, but also Liberian Thanksgiving.
While Americans celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November, and Canadians on the second Monday of October, Liberians observe Thanksgiving on the first Thursday of November…. so mark your calendars to avoid confusion and triplicate leftover turkey.
But on a serious note, Liberian Thanksgiving has nothing to do with turkey. I’m new to the country and have a lot to learn, so I asked around among my Liberian colleagues about the meaning of Thanksgiving and how they celebrate it. I can’t exactly say that I got a consistent answer. While everyone seemed to agree that it is a day to give thanks, people variously told me that they eat a big meal with their family; attend church to “praise God”; go to the beach; or go out drinking with their friends.