Thanks­giv­ing Day in Kur­dis­tan and Amer­ica

Tur­key’s meat, liv­ing to­gether, hav­ing fam­ily on one ta­ble

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE -

po­lit­i­cal tra­di­tion for the U.S pres­i­dent to par­don a tur­key on this day in the White House in the pres­ence of the me­dia. Tens of mil­lions of tur­keys are eaten on this day along with fruit, veg­eta­bles, yel­low pump­kin and pota­toes.

Al­though the celebration is new to Kur­dis­tan, with Amer­i­cans in Kur­dis­tan and Kurds in the U.S cel­e­brat­ing the feast for just a few years, a beau­ti­ful party was held this year in Er­bil. It was a lovely day and a fine din­ner was served up by the Kur­dish-Amer­ica di­as­pora in a heart­felt ges- ture of giv­ing thanks.

At this point, we should men­tion the Amer­i­caKur­dis­tan Friend­ship As­so­ci­a­tion (AKFA), which has been cel­e­brat­ing this hol­i­day for sev­eral years, gath­er­ing ev­ery­one to­gether in a happy, friendly man­ner and pre­par­ing banquets like this one.

The ban­quet started with some brief but mean­ing­ful speeches. Harry Schute was first up as a mem­ber of the AKFA board. He pre­sented a brief his­tory of this day and its celebration by Amer­i­cans. The hol­i­day has its roots in the tough con­di­tions en­coun­tered by the first Euro­peans in Amer­ica—con­di­tions which led to dozens fac­ing famine and death. To com­mem­o­rate this se­ri­ous day, ev­ery Amer­i­can fam­ily hosts a feast on this day with tur­key meat, eat­ing, drink­ing and to­geth­er­ness.

Later, the head of the KRG For­eign Re­la­tions Depart­ment, Falah Mustafa, gave a speech about Amer­i­can-Kur­dish re­la­tions. He hoped that along with de­vel­op­ing bi­lat­eral re­la­tions, this hol­i­days will con­tinue to be a happy one for all con­cerned.

Then the Amer­i­can Con­sul in Er­bil gave a speech stress­ing the plans to de­velop re­la­tions and serve both cul­tures.

Sev­eral schools in Kur­dis­tan take an in­ter­est in Thanks­giv­ing Day, and the School of the Medes is one of them, with the school throw­ing a party for its stu­dents.

That this day was cel­e­brated in Er­bil this year in­di­cates that Kur­dis­tan is keep­ing its doors open to ev­ery tra­di­tion and cul­ture; the Kur­dish cap­i­tal truly has be­come a home- land for other na­tions. This is an in­di­ca­tion of the progress Kur­dish so­ci­ety has wit­nessed, be­cause as we know, open­ness to other cul­tures al­ways starts like this. Which is why the night of Novem­ber 26, 2013 was so beau­ti­ful, mul­ti­col­ored and mean­ing­ful.

This diver­sity brought Kur­dis­tan and Amer­ica closer to­gether, be­cause it showed that we were all one fam­ily at­tend­ing one ban­quet in a spirit of to­geth­er­ness.

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