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Burmese Community in U.S. Celebrates Thanksgiving Day - 2002-11-28


November 28 was Thanksgiving Day in the United States. Friends and family members across the country gathered to celebrate. Most attended religious services or watched sports on television but almost everyone ate a huge meal.

On Thanksgiving, Americans eat some of the same foods eaten at the first Thanksgiving hundreds of years ago. Daw Myint Myint Aye from Maryland explained how she prepared her turkey for the Thanksgiving dinner for fifteen guests who are friends and family.

Daw Khin Mar Yee, another Maryland resident related about pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, string beans and salad that Americans traditionally served at Thanksgiving to go with the baked-turkey.

Thanksgiving Day holiday has millions of Americans taking to the roads, rails and skies to visit family and friends. Ko Phone Myint, a recent arrival to this country to study in New York spent his first Thanksgiving holiday in this country . He boarded the Greyhound coach and traveled from New York to his relatives in Maryland. He noted the buses are packed with passengers young and old travelling to their homes and families to celebrate Thanksgiving together.

On the other hand, Ko Yin Htwe, a Burmese refugee student who has been a resident in Maryland for the past nine years said he and his friends celebrate Thanksgiving together missing their families who are back in Burma. He said, Thanksgiving dinner is not baked Turkey for them. He served thin slices of turkey with noodle soup to his friends. He said, “We are fortunate to settle in America, the land of fortune and freedom. We have prayed at Thanksgiving for the people of Burma to be free … and we have been praying for nine consecutive years.”

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