Thanksgiving Around the World


In the United States, the fourth Thursday of November is celebrated as Thanksgiving Day and is considered a day to thank The Creator for a good harvest. Though it is celebrated on different days in different parts of the world, American celebration of the festival dates back to 16th century. On this festive occasion, some of the international T-Birds were asked to share their knowledge on Thanksgiving.

When questioned about their awareness on such a festival most of them were aware of the festival mainly because of the shopping spree that comes ‘free’ with it. They all seemed to be big fans of the deals and enjoy buying products on sale. Some of them also seemed to love the festival for the delicacies served, though it is fattening! Sultan Horaib, a student from Saudi Arabia says that he would like to call it “Friendsgiving” rather than Thanksgiving, because it is a great chance to join his American friends and visit their houses to celebrate with their families. Nicholas Del Grenado, a Bolivian, said, “I believe that giving thanks for the blessings received is essential to have a prosperous life.”

To ease our curiosity about adaptations of the festival in their native countries, most of them said that they have similar celebration in their native country. Sultan said, “I think in my home country, we celebrate in the same fashion nearly weekly or semi-monthly, gathering as a family, having lunch or dinner, but maybe not with the purpose of being thankful, but for the purpose of being close and together.” Some of them, citizens of countries where it is not widespread, hoped that the festival (and probably the deals) would soon spread to their native countries too.

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