Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving 2011!

Hey everyone! Doesn't it feel like Friday in NY today? Let me explain. Tomorrow it's Thanksgiving day! Which means, no class until next Monday. Which also means we have a 4-day weekend! Besides from being excited for the days off, I'm also quite excited to finally be in the US for Thanksgiving. Last year I had a trip to Turkey, so I missed it. However, this year I'm here to see it with my own eyes!

Even though I was out of the country for the actual day last year, I attended a Thanksgiving lunch at school (that took place a week before the real one) and it was a lot of fun. You can read that post here: link. It's crazy that it's already been one year from that! Last week there was another Thanksgiving lunch at Berkeley organized by the International department. Unfortunately (for me and for my appetite) I couldn't make it because I had work and then class, but I have been checking the pictures on Berkeley Internationals Facebook page (check it here) and it looks like they had a great time. I must say the food looks amazing! Here are a couple of pictures from the event I found on Facebook.



For those international people who just arrived or who just wonder about it, let's see what Thanksgiving is all about and let's trust Wikipedia for that:
"Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day, is a holiday celebrated in the United States on the fourth Thursday in November. It has officially been an annual tradition since 1863, when during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of thanksgiving to be celebrated on Thursday, November 26. As a federal and popular holiday in the U.S., Thanksgiving is one of the major holidays of the year. Together with Christmas and the New Year, Thanksgiving is a part of the broader holiday season. 
The event that Americans commonly call the "First Thanksgiving" was celebrated to give thanks to God for guiding them safely to the New World. The first Thanksgiving feast lasted three days, providing enough food for 13 Pilgrims and 90 Native Americans. The feast consisted of fish (cod, eels, and bass) and shellfish (clams, lobster, and mussels), wild fowl (ducks, geese, swans, and turkey), venison, berries and fruit, vegetables (peas, pumpkin, beetroot and possibly, wild or cultivated onion), harvest grains (barley and wheat), and theThree Sisters: beans, dried Indian maize or corn, and squash. The New England colonists were accustomed to regularly celebrating "thanksgivings"—days of prayer thanking God for blessings such as military victory or the end of a drought."  
Article: link.
Another thing you should know if you're around New York City is that Macy's organizes one of the most famous parades of the year for Thanksgiving. I'm sure you've seen it at some point on some movies and TV shows (it always reminds me of Friends!) Check out the official website of the event for more information: http://social.macys.com/parade2011/#/home. You can also watch it live on NBC channel from 9am to noon.This is the 85th year they do it!

This year I'll spend with my roommates. The three of us are going to Sam's home (in New Jersey) with his family. He's the only American in our house, so Danny and I will be having our first real and traditional Thanksgiving with an American family, how about that!

I wish all of you a happy Thanksgiving!

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