Thanksgiving Throughout the World

Thanksgiving is like bowling. Everyone does it differently, and turkeys are great to have. As a national holiday, Thanksgiving cuts across lines of race, income, and uncomfortable family tensions to give Americans a chance to show gratitude for all that we have. With lack of a better phrase, the canned cranberry sauce is easily caught by many a newcomer to the “States.” “ I started celebrating Thanksgiving when I first moved to America [from Singapore] last year,” senior Max Chu said. “My family was invited to a party, where we learned all about the holiday. It brings families together and I look forward to spending more time with my family and friends.” Adjusting to American life may be tough, but an introduction to Thanksgiving gets F.O.B.s right on the track to becoming full-fledged citizens. Iris Yang’s parents began acknowledging the turducken fest when they first moved to America, yet she is still skeptical of the warm fuzzy feelings the holiday allegedly brings. “In second grade I was taught that Thanksgiving is a time for family and stuff,” she said, “but most of my extended family doesn’t celebrate it anyway. I like cornucopias, though. You never know what’s going to be inside!” In its purest form, Thanksgiving is a time to share with family and friends and to have a little break from the day-to-day of school. It can be picked up by anyone without having to shell out for inflatable lawn ornaments or expensive ice sculptures. Have some fun this year blending your personal culture with what we all know and love. “My favorite is Ethiopian-Slovak Thanksgiving,” junior Sara Diressova said. “Holla gobble gobble!”