In the US, Thanksgiving is celebrated annually on the fourth Thursday of November. Thanksgiving is traditionally a time for family to gather around the dinner table to share a rich harvest feast.
Rebecca Svetina, an American who has been living in Slovenia for 14 years, says that Thanksgiving is similar to St. Martin’s Day.
How do you remember Thanksgiving as a child?
On Wednesday after school, we drove to my great-aunt Rene’s house for a sleepover. I woke up to the smell of a turkey already in the oven and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV.
We had a big family dinner with all the traditional dishes – including turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, stuffing, sweet potatoes, apple pie, pumpkin pie … and my aunt’s seven-layer Jell-O salad.
This was followed by watching the annual Thanksgiving Day football game, and then we played BINGO all evening. My mother, grandmother, and aunt always had small prizes for the winners.
We always kept the turkey breast bone, which we call the wishbone. On Friday, my sister and I were able to break it. The one who got the upper part could wish for something!
How do Americans in Slovenia celebrate Thanksgiving?
Since Thursday is not a public holiday and we need the whole day to cook, my friends and family usually have Friendsgiving on Saturday.
We always coordinate the celebration with other American families. This year will probably be the biggest ever. There will be 10 adults and 10 children (under 8 years old) – enough to play football in the backyard! Four out of ten adults are American. Each family is cooking – we organize who is preparing which dish on the menu via a Google spreadsheet!
Is any Slovenian holiday similar to Thanksgiving?
Martinovo! (St. Martin’s Day) Both are harvest festivals in November. We eat turkey; Slovenes eat duck or goose. We have mashed potatoes; Slovenes have mlinci (Slovene pasta tatters).
- What are some other famous American holidays?
- Do you know any Americans who live in Slovenia?
- On which occasions does your family get together?
The original version of this article was published on November 23rd.