Millions of families will gathered to celebrate Thanksgiving on Nov. 24.
This holiday may have started as an American tradition, but it has grown to include immigrants from around the world. Many students here have had unique experiences becoming acquainted with Thanksgiving.
Here are three things students from foreign countries have to say about the holiday.
Moroni Botta, a senior studying business management, is from Bergamo, Italy. He has lived in the United States for three years.
Botta’s first introduction to Thanksgiving happened last year in Texas. His hopes of family feasting and fun had been raised by his wife, Katherine, and her family. What followed was severe food poisoning and very little feasting.
He hopes he can bring Italian recipes to future Thanksgiving dinners to mix a piece of his culture with the American holiday.
Guilherme Faccinetto, a sophomore studying software engineering, is from Brazil. Faccinetto said what he likes most about Thanksgiving is that it is similar to Christmas because it brings families together.
He likes that it is not tied to a specific religious denomination like many Brazilian Catholic holidays and that it unites family and friends of all religions and backgrounds.
For Botta, this has been especially true. His Thanksgiving experience has been tied to spending time with his wife’s family.
“Most of what I know about Thanksgiving I heard from ‘Everybody Hates Chris,'” Faccinetto said. “I know that it is a day to celebrate the good harvest and to be grateful to God for all the blessings we have received.”
Botta recognized the holiday as a celebration of the early pilgrims’ first successful harvest and their appreciation of the food they had to eat.