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Student View: The true meaning of Thanksgiving

A cultural holiday to celebrate and appreciate harvest time is common in many countries around the world. In Korea, they celebrate Chuseok with traditional food and games. Argentinians celebrate the Fiesta de la Vendimia by drinking wine made from their vineyards. Fruit pastries called kolache are common in Czech harvest festivals.

Giving thanks for food and family, no matter where or when, is important nearly everywhere in the world. This Thursday, many Americans will celebrate Thanksgiving by eating everything from turkey to cranberry sauce to pumpkin pie with friends and family, and enjoy their time off from work and school.

BearingNews asked students: What does Thanksgiving mean to you?

 

“I think the purpose of thanksgiving is to be able to spend time with your family and be thankful for all of your blessings throughout the year and eat good food.” Sophomore LaTia Glasgow
“I think the purpose of thanksgiving is to be able to spend time with your family and be thankful for all of your blessings throughout the year and eat good food.” —Sophomore LaTia Glasgow

 

“I think we celebrate it in a positive way to give thanks for everything we have in our life.” Freshman Greer Thompson
“I think we celebrate it in a positive way to give thanks for everything we have in our life.” —Freshman Greer Thompson

 

“I think it’s a time when you get to, no matter what happens, you get to be together with your family and celebrate what you’re thankful for. I’m thankful for food and my mom.” Freshman Janylah Thomas
“I think it’s a time when you get to, no matter what happens, you get to be together with your family and celebrate what you’re thankful for. I’m thankful for food and my mom.” —Freshman Janylah Thomas
“It’s to give thanks for what we have and it affects my life, personally I just go see friends and have a big dinner with friends and family. It’s a way to bring people together so you can have a happy time.” Sophomore Ahmad Diab
“It’s to give thanks for what we have and it affects my life, personally I just go see friends and have a big dinner with friends and family. It’s a way to bring people together so you can have a happy time.” —Sophomore Ahmad Diab

By Sophi Whyte

What do you see as the true meaning of Thanksgiving?

2 Comments on this Post

  1. Riley Martin

    I do love thanksgiving-it is a time for family and lots of food definitely. But the roots is what I don’t like. It’s sad it’s about basically killing off all the native americans and taking their land.

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  2. Profile photo of Abby Kempf

    I think it is a time to celebrate everything you have with the people you love. Great organizations like “Everybody Eats” ensure that even those who have nothing can come together and feel a sense of community, and that is the true meaning of Thanksgiving.

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