This Thursday, our American boarders celebrated Thanksgiving with a traditional dinner prepared by the Brown Hall kitchen staff. Surrounded by an American flag and many red-white-and-blue decorations, the students spent the holiday with a warm meal and their friends.
“Because Thanksgiving is such a big holiday in the United States, we endeavor to provide them with a little piece of home on this special occasion,” says Evelyn Zapantis, who hosted the dinner.
SMUS staff member Tony Cordle joined the students briefly to lead them in the American national anthem, and all the students sang with him, hands over their hearts. Before they dug in to the turkey, potatoes and pie, the students decided to say a brief grace, in which they expressed thanks for being able to attend SMUS as well as for the dinner prepared for them.
Though most of the students knew each other, not many knew where their fellow Americans were from. The students asked each other which state they were from, with answers ranging from nearby Oregon to California.
Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States and on the second Monday of October in Canada. Though Canada and the United States both celebrate Thanksgiving, the origins of their respective holidays are different. American Thanksgiving traces its roots to feasts by settlers in Virginia and Massachusetts. Canadian Thanksgiving is generally considered to have began with English explorer Martin Frobisher.