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Festivals in Chinese: Thanksgiving Day 感恩节

Chinese vocabulary on festivals - Thanksgiving Day in Chinese 感恩节

In this post, let's learn about Thanksgiving Day 感恩节 [gǎn ēn jié] in Chinese.

Thanksgiving Day is one of United States traditional festival. It is a day of family reunion as well as thanking God's blessing.
感恩节,是美国的一个传统节日,是一个合家欢聚的日子,并且感谢上帝的恩惠。
[gǎn ēn jié, shì měi guó de yī gè chuán tǒng jié rì, shì yī gè hé jiā huān jù de rì zi, bìng qiě gǎn xiè shàng dì de ēn huì]

Like Chinese New Year in China, on Thanksgiving Day, no matter how busy they are, they will reunite with their families and enjoy dinner together.
像中国的春节一样,感恩节当天,人们不管多忙,都要和自己的家人团聚,一起享受晚餐。
[xiàng zhōng guó de chūn jié yī yàng, gǎn ēn jié dàng tiān, rén men bù guǎn duō máng, dōu yào hé zì jǐ de jiā rén tuán jù, yī qǐ xiǎng shòu wǎn cān]

Americans view Thanksgiving dinner as a very important meal. The dishes are extremely plentiful in this meal. Turkey and pumpkin pie are a must-have at the dining table.
感恩节的晚宴是美国人很重视的一餐,这一餐的食物非常丰富,在餐桌上火鸡南瓜派都是必备的。
[gǎn ēn jié de wǎn yàn shì měi guó rén hěn zhòng shì de yī cān, zhè yī cān de shí wù fēi cháng fēng fù, zài cān zhuō shàng huǒ jīnán guā pài dōu shì bì bèi de]

Turkey is the main dish of a Thanksgiving dinner. Besides that, they also eat some traditional dishes such as squash, creamed onions, mashed potatoes, sweet potato pie, corn, pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, homemade bread, etc.
火鸡是感恩节晚宴的传统主菜。此外,他们还吃一些传统的菜肴,例如西葫芦、奶油洋葱、土豆泥、番瓜派、玉蜀黍、南瓜派、红莓苔子果酱、自己烘烤的面包等等。
[huǒ jī shì gǎn ēn jié wǎn yàn de chuán tǒng zhǔ cài. cǐ wài, tā men hái chī yī xiē chuán tǒng de cài yáo, lì rú xī hú lu, nǎi yóu yáng cōng, tǔ dòu ní, fān guā pài, yù shǔ shǔ, nán guā pài, hóng méi tái zi guǒ jiàng, zì jǐ hōng kǎo de miàn bāo děng děng]

After dinner, they sometimes play traditional games such as dancing, pumpkin rolling and many other entertaining activities.
饭后,人们有时会做些传统游戏。比如:跳舞、南瓜赛跑等许多娱乐活动。
[fàn hòu, rén men yǒu shí huì zuò xiē chuán tǒng yóu xì. bǐ rú: tiào wǔ, nán guā sài pǎo děng xǔ duō yú lè huó dòng]

They can watch Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in the morning.
当天早上可以看梅西百货感恩节大游行
[dàng tiān zǎo shang kě yǐ kàn méi xī bǎi huò gǎn ēn jié dà yóu xíng]

On Friday, which is the day after Thanksgiving, is known as "Black Friday". On this day, many people flock to major shopping malls and supermarkets to shop. The crazy shopping season starts from this day.
感恩节第二天的周五称为“黑色星期五”。在这一天,很多人纷纷涌入各大商场和超市购物疯狂购物就从这一天开始。
[gǎn ēn jié dì èr tiān de zhōu wǔ chēng wèi “hēi sè xīng qí wǔ”. zài zhè yī tiān, hěn duō rén fēn fēn yǒng rù gè dà shāng chǎng hé chāo shì gòu wù. fēng kuáng gòu wù jiù cóng zhè yī tiān kāi shǐ]

We wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!
祝大家感恩节快乐!
[zhù dà jiā gǎn ēn jié kuài lè]

Chinese Vocabulary list about Thanksgiving Day

  1. 感恩节 [gǎn ēn jié] Thanksgiving Day
  2. 感恩 [gǎn ēn] gratitude, feeling grateful
  3. 合家欢聚 [hé jiā huān jù] family gathering
  4. 晚宴 [wǎn yàn] evening feast, dinner
  5. 菜肴 [cài yáo] (cooked) dishes
  6. 丰富 [fēng fù] rich, plentiful, abundant
  7. 传统 [chuán tǒng] tradition, traditional
  8. 娱乐 [yú lè] entertainment
  9. 游行 [yóu xíng] parade, march
  10. 疯狂 [fēng kuáng] madness, crazy
  11. 购物 [gòu wù] shopping
  12. 南瓜派 [nán guā pài] pumpkin pie
  13. 火鸡 [huǒ jī] turkey

Learn to write Thanksgiving Day in Simplified Chinese

Sentence Examples

  1. 感恩节 [gǎn ēn jié] Thanksgiving Day

    Every year on the fourth Thursday of November is Thanksgiving Day.
    每年11(十一)月第四个星期四是感恩节
    [měi nián shí yī yuè dì sì gè xīng qí sì shì gǎn ēn jié]

    I want to participate in the Thanksgiving Day show.
    我要参加感恩节的演出。
    [wǒ yào cān jiā gǎn ēn jié de yǎn chū]

  2. 感恩 [gǎn ēn] gratitude, feeling grateful

    She writes her gratitude diary every day.
    她每天写感恩日记。
    [tā měi tiān xiě gǎn ēn rì jì]

    We must learn to be grateful to our parents who sacrificed a lot for us.
    父母为我们付出了很多,我们要懂得感恩
    [fù mǔ wèi wǒ men fù chū le hěn duō, wǒ men yào dǒng dé gǎn ēn]

  3. 合家欢聚 [hé jiā huān jù] family gathering

    Wishing you a happy family reunion and good fortune. (A Chinese New Year greeting)
    祝你合家欢聚,万事如意。
    [zhù nǐ hé jiā huān jù, wàn shì rú yì]

  4. 晚宴 [wǎn yàn] evening feast/banquet, dinner, dinner party

    I'm very happy to attend today's dinner.
    我很高兴出席今天的晚宴
    [wǒ hěn gāo xìng chū xí jīn tiān de wǎn yàn]

    I would like to invite you to my birthday dinner party.
    我想邀请你参加我的生日晚宴
    [wǒ xiǎng yāo qǐng nǐ cān jiā wǒ de shēng rì wǎn yàn]

  5. 菜肴 [cài yáo] (cooked) dishes

    Although that restaurant is not eye-catching, their dishes are tasty and delicious.
    那家餐厅虽然不显眼,但菜肴可口又美味。
    [nà jiā cān tīng suī rán bù xiǎn yǎn, dàn cài yáo kě kǒu yòu měi wèi]

    Have you tried any traditional Chinese dishes?
    你尝试过中国传统菜肴吗?
    [nǐ cháng shì guò zhōng guó chuán tǒng cài yáo ma]

  6. 丰富 [fēng fù] rich, plentiful, abundant

    He is an extremely imaginative child.
    他是一个想象力丰富的孩子。
    [tā shì yī gè xiǎng xiàng lì fēng fù de hái zi]

    This country is rich with natural resources.
    这是个自然资源丰富的国家。
    [zhè shì gè zì rán zī yuán fēng fù de guó jiā]

    My dad is an experienced chef.
    爸爸是一位经验丰富的厨师。
    [bà ba shì yī wèi jīng yàn fēng fù de chú shī]

  7. 传统 [chuán tǒng] tradition, traditional

    My father is interested in traditional Chinese medicine.
    我父亲对中国传统医药很感兴趣。
    [wǒ fù qīn duì zhōng guó chuán tǒng yī yào hěn gǎn xìng qù]

    My sister loves traditional Chinese dance the most.
    姐姐最喜欢中国传统舞蹈。
    [jiě jiě zuì xǐ huān zhōng guó chuán tǒng wǔ dǎo]

  8. 娱乐 [yú lè] entertainment, hobby

    What entertainment (activities) is there tonight?
    今晚有什么娱乐活动?
    [jīn wǎn yǒu shé me yú lè huó dòng]

    Singing is his main hobby.
    唱歌是是他的主要娱乐
    [chàng gē shì shì tā de zhǔ yào yú lè]

  9. 游行 [yóu xíng] parade, march, demonstration

    My dad will take me to watch the Disney Parade next month.
    下个月,爸爸会带我去看迪士尼游行
    [xià gè yuè, bà ba huì dài wǒ qù kàn dí shì ní yóu xíng]

    Thousands of people marched on the streets to protest about delayed salaries.
    数千人在街头游行,抗议拖欠工资。
    [shù qiān rén zài jiē tóu yóu xíng, kàng yì tuō qiàn gōng zī]

  10. 疯狂 [fēng kuáng] madness, crazy, insane

    He has been acting kind of crazy recently.
    他最近的行为有点疯狂
    [tā zuì jìn de xíng wéi yǒu diǎn fēng kuáng]

    There's weed everywhere, growing like mad.
    到处都是野草,疯狂地生长。
    [dào chù dōu shì yě cǎo, fēng kuáng dì shēng zhǎng]

    It has been a crazy day!
    真是疯狂的一天!
    [zhēn shi fēng kuáng de yī tiān]

  11. 购物 [gòu wù] shopping

    Mom is a shopaholic. She really loves to shop online.
    妈妈是个“购物狂”。她呀,确实喜欢在网上购物
    [mā mā shì gè “gòu wù kuáng”. tā ya, què shí xǐ huān zài wǎng shàng gòu wù]

    Would you like to go shopping with me this weekend?
    这个周末想跟我一块去购物吗?
    [zhè ge zhōu mò xiǎng gēn wǒ yī kuài qù gòu wù ma]

  12. 商场 [shāng chǎng] shopping mall, store, market

    My family lives next to the mall, so it's convenient to buy things.
    我家就住在商场旁边,买东西很方便。
    [wǒ jiā jiù zhù zài shāng chǎng páng biān, mǎi dōng xī hěn fāng biàn]

    The electronic store is giving discounts for all electrical products.
    电子商场里所有的电器都打折。
    [diàn zǐ shāng chǎng lǐ suǒ yǒu de diàn qì dōu dǎ zhé]

  13. 南瓜派 [nán guā pài] pumpkin pie

    My mother knows how to make pumpkin pie.
    我母亲会做南瓜派
    [wǒ mǔ qīn huì zuò nán guā pài]

    Mom bought me a pumpkin pie for this year's Thanksgiving.
    今年的感恩节,妈妈就给我买了南瓜派
    [jīn nián de gǎn ēn jié, mā mā jiù gěi wǒ mǎi le nán guā pài]

  14. 火鸡 [huǒ jī] turkey

    They finished the entire turkey at once.
    他们把那只火鸡一下子吃光了。
    [tā men bǎ nà zhǐ huǒ jī yī xià zi chī guāng le]

    Does turkey taste like chicken?
    火鸡的味道和鸡差不多吗?
    [huǒ jī de wèi dào hé jī chà bù duō ma]

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