Shankranthi – The Indian Thanksgiving OR Thanksgiving – The US Shankranthi

13 Jan

I have always liked to draw parallels among various cultures. The one that always intrigued me was the concept of Shankranthi in India and Thanksgiving in the USA. Both are a time when people give thanks for a good harvest.

I don’t think either has been influenced by the other. What I find interesting is that people of all cultures appreciate and pay thanks to our Gods and Guardians for sustaining us through the year and hope for the same next year.

Happy Shankranthi everyone. God bless.

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11 Responses to “Shankranthi – The Indian Thanksgiving OR Thanksgiving – The US Shankranthi”

  1. rk January 13, 2007 at 8:53 am #

    Interesting! Thanks for letting us know the idea behind US Thanksgiving. Wish you all a very
    Happy Sankranti too.

  2. praneshachar January 13, 2007 at 10:34 am #

    what a comparision i remebered the book of my sister yes if you see good things from the other side they are really good thanks for thankgivingday bagge tilisiddakke
    sankrathiya shubhashayagalu for you and your family have a nice week end and festival

  3. Vijay January 13, 2007 at 12:17 pm #

    Praneshachar: I intend to finish the book this weekend …

  4. some body January 13, 2007 at 1:11 pm #

    nice title!

    i sometimes wonder when swami chinmayananda’s refers to the gita as a bible (i can give exact quote if someone wants it). should it not be the other way around since gita is more ancient than the bible?

    – s.b.

  5. Veena Shivanna January 13, 2007 at 2:25 pm #

    Very nice post.. Very Apt infact

  6. Vijay January 13, 2007 at 2:31 pm #

    sb: Technically yes… agree with you.

    Veena: Thanks.

  7. travel plaza January 14, 2007 at 5:04 pm #

    Vijay, Happy Sankranthi to you and your family. We are celebrating Sankranthi here too with a few inches of snow. I too love to draw parallels between different cultures. I tried to leave a comment on a previous post. For some reason your blog will not let me. Hope this one makes it:)

  8. prashanth m January 15, 2007 at 6:16 am #

    nice comparision Vijay…

    nimage & nimma kutumbadavarellarigu sankraanti shubhaashayagalu

  9. Vijay January 15, 2007 at 6:22 am #

    Prashanth: Thank you very much.. wish you the same…

  10. mouna January 15, 2007 at 7:04 am #

    isn’t it the same with respect to everything? all cultures, practises teach us those same values, lessons…. of goodness, gratefullness, and of course respect to each other. it is us who have drawn invisible lines aiming to catogarize them, weighing according to our fancies. then we start comparing, and we find similarities, congragulating ourselves for our discoveries…

    shankranti habbada hardhika shubhayagaLu!


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