How traditional is your holiday meal? Are you using the same ingredients and making the same dishes year to year? If so, consider incorporating dishes from other cultures into the American holiday to celebrate a Latino Thanksgiving.
Although Thanksgiving is not a traditionally celebrated holiday in Latin America, many Latino in the United States join in the festivities and add their own twist. To support the meaning of the holiday, combining traditional practice with new experiences of life can show how thankful Latinos are about their multicultural lives.
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While Latinos can share part of their culture with authentic dishes and sides, Americans have the opportunity to appreciate and learn what another culture has to offer. People from different backgrounds can share joy on this special holiday by sharing meals while keeping the essence of Thanksgiving the same.
Imagine how the smell of fresh empanadas will add comfort to your home. Why not spice up the stuffing with Adobo, jalapeño peppers and chorizo, or substituting mashed potatoes with tamales or arroz con gandules to serve alongside the Turkey? In addition to the food, you can also add a little Latino Thanksgiving flare by listening to Hispanic music and dancing Merengue and Salsa after the big meal.
The holiday should be about spending time with loved ones and giving thanks. No matter what kind of food you choose, focus on whatever works best to have a good time, laugh and spend time with others.
What will you be adding to your Thanksgiving meal that incorporates Hispanic culture? Post your Latino Thanksgiving dinner photos to our Twitter page: @APICHAHealth – We can’t wait to see them!