Going a little more far away, I found that Thanksgiving is also celebrated in Liberia and in a remote Australian island. The commemoration in Liberia (the first Thursday of Nov) may be explained by the fact that it was a country founded by U.S. colonization. In this part of the world, settlers replaced turkey and pumpkins with more local ingredients like chicken and cassavas. The Australian territory, Norkfold Island, celebrates Thanksgiving the last Wednesday of November giving thanks to American trader Isaac Robinson. Traditional foods in this region are cold pork and chicken and pumpkin pie.
Lastly, expats and Americans that circumstantially find themselves outside the U.S. (vacations, business) have to celebrate abroad. I used to live in the U.S. Midwest and have the wonderful experience of having Thanksgiving dinner at friends’ houses. There, I´ve learn not only about the typical foods but also about values and sharing. I didn´t felt foreign. Once back to my home town, Buenos Aires (Argentina), I kind of miss this Holiday. So, every year I try to have a special meal with family at home or in a restaurant (I´m not that good at roasting turkey). The best place to celebrate Thanksgiving in Buenos Aires is Kansas Grill and Bar.