Putting the Thanks in Thanks­giv­ing

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Thanks­giv­ing is a cul­ture and tra­di­tion that dates back cen­turies. It in­fects ev­ery­day peo­ple with a joy­ful and cheer­ful hol­i­day spirit. It is mostly cel­e­brated in Western coun­tries, which is why most peo­ple in Kur­dis­tan have not heard about it.

How­ever, Thanks­giv­ing is not just a mean­ing­less hol­i­day in which a fam­ily gath­ers around a din­ner ta­ble to eat a tur­key. No, Thanks­giv­ing is about so much more than that.

On Thanks­giv­ing, it is a com­mon tra­di­tion to walk around the ta­ble be­fore you eat and say what you are most thank­ful for. So you see, Thanks­giv­ing is a day for peo­ple to look at what they have rather than what they do not have. It is a day of ap­pre­ci­a­tion.

Thanks­giv­ing reminds us how lucky we are to have fam­ily, food and friends. While Thanks­giv­ing is a Western tra­di­tion, in­tro­duc­ing it to Kur­dis­tan would not just en­rich the al­ready dense and beau­ti­ful cul­ture Kur­dis­tan is al­ready graced with; it would also serve to in­spire the coun­try as a whole.

Let us not for­get that hope and com­pas­sion are two of the most im­por­tant fac­tors in the suc­cess of a coun­try.

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