Happy Thanksgiving to everyone out there!
Turkey. Family. Football. And stuffing.
Stuffing, as in the food? Or stuffing your face?
“Up to you”, as they say in Thailand.
Anyway, I thought I’d give you readers a quick update as to what I’m doing for Thanksgiving 2018.
I don’t want to sound pretentious or weird, but I’m actually starting to lose track of the US holidays after living abroad for more than a year.
Thais don’t celebrate many of the US holidays over here, much as how Americans don’t celebrate Thai holidays. And I never really cared for many of the holidays anyway, so it’s a natural fit for me. I don’t exactly long for Thanksgiving. I don’t even like eating turkey.
To me, every day is an opportunity to be thankful.
Frankly, I’m grateful for every day above ground. The odds of even being born are infinitesimal. Then you have to stay alive, which isn’t exactly easy.
There’s no need to waste money on too much food and overeat in order to feel great.
So I won’t be celebrating Thanksgiving today, nor will I be eating turkey.
What will I be doing?
In regard to food, I’ll be downing some delicious Thai food. Probably one of my favorite dishes.
And while Thanksgiving isn’t exactly a thing over here, Thailand has got my back.
No FOMO here. Thailand has, in my opinion, an even better festival to rock out to today.
Actually, make that two festivals!
Loi Krathong and Yi Peng.
They combine to function essentially as one gigantic festival, usually celebrated toward the end of November.
The former involves floating a small vessel down a waterway and making a wish under the full moon. You give thanks and also pay respects. The latter involves releasing a giant lantern into the sky under the same general conditions.
Wikipedia’s got you covered on the details.
It’s incredibly magical, guys. It’s goosebumps city. I’ve been looking forward to it for a while now.
Here’s a video of Oh and I releasing a lantern for Yi Peng last year:
Now, there are some drawbacks to the festivals.
Just like how in America the Thanksgiving celebration wastes food in honor of some pretty terrible things that went down many years ago, these festivals create waste. Nothing’s perfect.
But it is one of the most beautiful celebrations I’ve ever been a part of. Just being alive is a blessing, but there’s something extra special about seeing this in person.
I end up feeling more grateful than I ever did with turkey in my belly. Turkey is cool, I guess. But this is much cooler.
So that’s what I’m up to for Thanksgiving this year!
Regardless of how you celebrate today, or if you even celebrate it at all (Thanksgiving isn’t a global holiday), just make sure to use today as an opportunity to see how much of a gift every day is.
Let’s not rely on the calendar to tell us when to give thanks.
Give it every day. And you’ll get it back.
Happy Thanksgiving! Happy Everyday!
What are you up to today? Celebrating Thanksgiving? Celebrating life?
Thanks for reading.
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