Holiday traditions have been open to interpretation, and because America is a melting pot country, holidays are more wide spread. However, many don’t realize the vastness of how holidays, such as Thanksgiving, are celebrated in the United States.
Running Start student Deborah Cabanos isn’t one of these people as Thanksgiving is a reminder of her Filipino culture. When she was young, her mother and father immigrated to the United States and built a new life.
Since then, her family has expanded, but they still continue to participate in traditions from their heritage, in everyday life and especially on holidays like Thanksgiving.
“Filipinos are all about family and food,” Cabanos said. “We have a huge family, so over 50 of us show up at my uncle’s house to eat. It is like a potluck so everyone brings a dish and the food is placed on tables. It is like a free for all after the prayer.”
Generally, just like others for Thanksgiving, her family brings comfort food. But for them it’s in the form of Filipino dishes such as Pancit, a type of noodle, Lumpia, which are eggrolls and Lechon, which is a whole roasted pig.
Nevertheless, the Cabanos family are like many in that they’ll come together on the holiday to bond and give thanks.
“We celebrate Thanksgiving by getting together and just sharing the night by singing and dancing. Our dinner/gathering takes up the whole night, and we normally leave around midnight,” Cabanos said. “As for my immediate family, we have lunch together before we go over to my uncles. We have traditional American Thanksgiving food, and we go around the table saying what we are thankful for.”
Their meal includes more American-style staples, such as spaghetti for the kids who aren’t fans of the traditional dishes.
For Cabanos, her Thanksgivings are a mix of her heritage and American traditions filled with fond times.
“My favorite memory is when my mom and I prepare the mashed potatoes and all the other foods together. She taught me how to cook. And also how to make popcorn balls, which are my favorite,” Cabanos said.
There’re many ways to celebrate Thanksgiving, and to try any of these Filipino traditional foods, check The Puyallup Post Facebook page for the recipes.
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