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Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful but it is also a time to celebrate culture. And what a better way than to explore how people from all over the world celebrate their own Thanksgiving and how people all around the US add their unique traditions as well.
Growing up in a Mexican-American household, Thanksgiving is a perfect example of how two cultures can fuse together while still bringing unique traditions to the table (no pun intended!).
While we have the traditional Turkey, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie, you can't expect to sit at my family's table without also having tortillas and Mexican rice. And instead of only saying Happy Thanksgiving, we also say, "Feliz Día de Acción de Gracias", with a combination of Spanish, English, and even Spanglish conversations all around the table.
And with so many different cultures in the United States, I know my family isn't the only one to incorporate different cultural foods or traditions into a very traditional American holiday. Take a look at how Arabic cuisine can incorporate "...hummus, tabouli salad, garlic dip, batata harra, which is sautéed potatoes, as an alternative to the mashed potatoes,” as Denise Hazime, of Mediterranean cooking website DedeMed.com explains.
Other countries also celebrate Thanksgiving in their own way. The day and way of celebrating may be different, but it is clear that traditions, culture, and most importantly, giving thanks, are always the main components of this special day.
In what ways do you add your own flavor to Thanksgiving?