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Thanksgiving stamp from Germany

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The German Post has issued a stamp commemorating the harvest thanksgiving holiday.

The stamp depicts a full ear of corn in the light of the end of summer pale sun. In the addition vertical section you can also see pumpkin, onion, grapes, apples and pears.

Throughout history mankind has celebrated the bountiful harvest with thanksgiving ceremonies.

Harvest festivals and thanksgiving celebrations were held by the ancient Greeks, the Romans, the Hebrews, the Chinese, and the Egyptians.

The ancient Greeks celebrated the harvest festival in honor of the mother goddess Demeter, in northern Europe the equinox was celebrated in autumn; the Israelites celebrated the Feast of Unleavened Bread at the beginning of the grain harvest and the Feast of Tabernacles at the end of the fruit and grape harvest. In the Christian church the harvest celebrations are topical even in the third century. Today, the date of Thanksgiving is usually the first Sunday of October. This day the church is decorated by harvest gifts of corn, vegetables, fruits and flowers. Harvest and harvest wreath crown remains in some places as a visible symbol of human's gratitude for the reach crop.

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