Thanksgiving, a Diverse Dinner Holiday


Graphic by Talisa Prabhu

Thanksgiving is a holiday for all people who like food. Some celebrate it differently based upon their culture.

Talisa Prabhu, Staff Writer

Everyone has their preferences on what they like to eat for Thanksgiving. According to a survey conducted by InstaCart, candied yams, green bean casserole, and cranberry sauce are the least liked foods for Thanksgiving dinner. Dinner rolls are, unsurprisingly, the most liked dish. However, we all know someone who likes cranberry sauce and/or candied yams. Some people are die-hards for the famous turkey and stuffing while others are repulsed at the thought of eating the bird.

While these differences are apparent in American culture, foreign families that bring their culture over have been able to adopt this holiday, while putting their own spin on things.

Syeda Fatima, junior, and her family plan to eat “lamb chops and some lentil curry and rice.”

Americans have many traditions they follow. A few are, watching tv after the big meal, specifically, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, traveling to visit family and friends and breaking the wishbone.

Syeda said, “We don’t have anything we do every year.” Her family travels one year, has Thanksgiving at home another, and some years, they don’t celebrate.

Debarati Tripura, a foreign exchange student from Bangladesh, plans to celebrate her first Thanksgiving “by spending time with the family, cooking turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffings and more food dishes.” She said, “This year we will add some Bengali dishes to the Thanksgiving dinner menu.”

As a foreign exchange student, Debarati is excited to make new traditions. “We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving back at home because it’s not a holiday, it’s not a traditional thing to do in my home country, but here yes we do because we are thankful for everything that God has given us and his goodness on us. Now I think it should be something I should celebrate back at home too!”