Thanksgiving is often considered the most American of holidays as it is a feast to show thanks and gratitude for the past year with family and friends. Typically involving meals such as pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce and roast turkey, this holiday has been celebrated for almost 400 years. However, while Thanksgiving is a big holiday here in America, other countries have different ways of celebrating this day.
Francesco Tiozzo, an international business major, said that Italians do not celebrate Thanksgiving. “Those holidays are like normal days where we just do anything,” Tiozzo said.
Thanksgiving is not a worldwide holiday, so other countries do not acknowledge some of the festivities that we do. Other countries do celebrate Thanksgiving, such as Canada, China, Brazil, Germany, Grenada, and Norfolk Island, but with different days and names. To make up for this, Tiozzo said that they have tried to pick up on some of the activities done at Winthrop for the holiday.
“We try to celebrate like how Americans do it, but not having our families here is not the same,” Tiozzo said. “I have friends that invite over to their home to share this thing of Thanksgiving.”
Natalie Mseis, a biology major, said that her home country of Palestine does not celebrate Thanksgiving either. Since she came here, she started to get more involved in the holiday.
“My parents are not here, so I will go with my friends,” Mseis said. “We’ll probably do the same thing as they do in the U.S. for Thanksgiving because we have to adapt to the culture.”