On Thanksgiving, people get together to eat and give thanks for food, friends and family. Many people travel great distances to see their loved ones. For the past few years, people weren't able to travel as easily due to Covid restrictions. This year, 55 million people are expected to travel this week in the US.
Tell us about a time when you get together and share food with friends or family.
- When and why do you get together to share a big meal with family and friends?
- How do you usually travel to meet up with family and friends?
- What do you usually eat?
- What do you enjoy most at these celebrations and traditions?
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Actually, I'm Buddhism but one of my friends is a Christian. My childhood Thanksgiving Day, the day was an unforgettable day in my life because on these days I participated with my friend's family together. We sang together and enjoyed the food together. We went to some places such as public parks and greeted my friend's relative as well.
Hello Thant Zin Phyo,
I'm learning that lots of other people celebrate Thanksgiving outside of the US, like you and Rubí from Mexico. I was especially interested to hear that it was a Christian family you celebrated with. In the US, people of many religions, and lots of people who aren't religious, all celebrate Thanksgiving. When I lived there, I went to one celebration where many of the people were Buddhists. One of them brought a 'tofurkey' -- a vegetarian dish with tofu to replace the turkey.
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Our big holiday celebration is on Christmas, it takes place at my grandmother’s house, we are a very large family so there´s plenty of food (and booze). My favorite moment is when we exchange gifts. I usually get there by a five-hours-trip from Puerto Vallarta to Guadalajara.
Rubí, from México
I love to celebrate Christmas too! And what a long journey you have ... I bet it's worth it though, to spend time with your family. This year we are travelling a few hours to go to my mum's and my sister and her family will be there too. I'm getting excited already! I hope you have a lovely family celebration this year.
All the best,
We get together in Thanksgving and Christmas, this celebrations are usually at my parent's house and they llive in The US. when I lived in Mexico City I had to fly every year, but now I live closer and I just drive. Our food is a mix of mexican and american dishes, in addition to roasted turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie, we like drinking mexican 'ponche' (fruit punch) and also we like eatting pozole. I really enjoy spending time with my love ones, especially in this celebrations.
I was so glad to read this -- sounds like a fantastic idea to add ponche and pozole to your table! We also add some Catalan dishes to ours here in Barcelona.
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In Serbia,winter is time when most people in our country celebrate patron saint.We are ortodox and in our religion there are three dates by year we celebrate: Christmas,Easter and patron saint.Each ortodox family have patron saint and it is traditional.In those days we meet each other and together celebrate,share food etc.
I usually have a meeting with my loved ones specially in dates like christmas and new year celebrations , my family lives far from my city , we have to plan this plans many months before and buy fly tickets to travel.
Whn we are getting together we enjoy talking about our lifes and remember the same childhood anecdotes , that repeat and repeat every year ! hahaha
I like cook dinner for my family , new reciples and old ones too.
Birthdays and holidays;
We usually go by car, there are few relatives who live far away and it's not that far;
Mostly it's barbecue;
We always do karaoke, it's so much fun! And also, of course, the gossip haha
I like barbecues as well! It's fun to cook together and chat :D
You play karaoke? That must be so much fun!
I love a bit of karaoke too @BiancaDR!
What songs do you like to sing? I'm a terrible singer but I do like to sing!
• When and why do you get together to share a big meal with family and friends?
Last time I spent time with my loved ones was on my sister’s birthday
• How do you usually travel to meet up with family and friends?
I usually use uber or public transport
• What do you usually eat?
On Christmas we eat turkey and meals that don’t require a lot of time
• What do you enjoy most at these celebrations and traditions?
Spent time with my family and the delicious meal we can eat.
It was my cousin wedding. I go there by bus we eat rice and meat
It is (Kabsa ).it is a traditional meal here
We get thogether for Christmas and birthdays. I like the free food and drinks! My mother usally make too much food for the persons at the dinner and we take extra food to our home after.