Putting the Thanks in Thanksgiving
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.