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Celebrate a Different Thanksgiving in Norfolk Island, Australia
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Celebrate a Different Thanksgiving in Norfolk Island, Australia

Thanksgiving is often considered the most American of holidays, so how did it end up on a remote island in the middle of the South Pacific? Norfolk Island — a former British penal colony and current Australian territory — celebrates Thanksgiving each year thanks to an American trader named Isaac Robinson who settled here in the 1890s. Robinson decorated the All Saints Church in the capital of Kingston to commemorate the holiday with visiting American whalers and the tradition has stuck ever since. Norfolk Island celebrates on the last Wednesday of November (in line with the pre-World War II American observance) so you can actually celebrate Thanksgiving twice if you’re crafty. Head over on a flight from Sydney and be prepared to swap hot turkey for cold pork. 

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