Erntedankfest - Thanks for the Harvest.
The German term for what comes closest to the American Thanksgiving.
However, it is a completely different celebration. Most people don't celebrate it.
It's pretty much celebrated only in church, on the first Sunday in October. The churches are festively decorated with lots of harvest products, with the bread in the center - as in this picture in a small church on the isle of Sylt in the very North of Germany. The words on the bread mean "our daily bread". Well, you know we Germans eat tons of bread!
I wish we would show our thankfulness for a good harvest, for well filled pantries and refrigerators more like the Americans do, with a celebration that is not limited to the churches but is brought into every family. Or, to stay in the picture, where we break the bread and say thanks.
Wishing you all here in the States a lovely Thanksgiving week.