Cornucopia of Traditions Brought by Student Diversity

Cornucopia of Traditions Brought by Student Diversity

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and people cannot wait for it – lots of food, reuniting with family, and a whole week of break.

But there are many students on campus who did not grow up with this tradition. There are some who grew up celebrating the coming of different seasons. It was introduced to them when their families came to this country. Some celebrate it and some who do not.

“We do celebrate Thanksgiving here, as we celebrate Oktoberfest in Germany. But we do not celebrate Oktoberfest here, or Thanksgiving in Germany. During Oktoberfest we eat meat, buy a whole animal, and cook it. Sometimes we go to a place that has a grill with an animal on a skewer,” says Marius Bschorer.

“We don’t celebrate it here, but we appreciate the break though. The only time in the year when we have such feasting is during the New Year, where we make food like dumplings” says Emily Liu.

“Thanksgiving is not celebrated [in my country] so we do not celebrate it here. It’s really nice to see everyone happy and with their families but we just don’t celebrate it.” says an anonymous junior. “We do have days where we celebrate such events, and we have a Day of Forgiveness. But as far as feasts go, we celebrate the New Year more than any other holiday.

“Yes. I really like Thanksgiving. I really really like it. This year my grandparents are coming, and it will be interesting. My favorite food item is probably corn bread, and our family makes really good corn muffins.” says sophomore Zachary Wells.

There are also different holidays in different countries that have such glamorous feasts like Thanksgiving, but celebrate different things. Instead of giving thanks and celebrating the time of harmony between the pilgrims and indians, the people in Eastern Europe celebrate the coming of spring with a week of feasts and a Day of Forgiveness at the end.