by Lauren Azcarate

One of Stuart’s best known traits is our diversity. Stuart has students from all over the globe. There are many different ethnicities, and not all of them celebrate Thanksgiving. If they do celebrate this American holiday, then they may have different traditions. They may eat different foods and celebrate it in their own way, if at all. We asked students of different traditions and religions what they do for Thanksgiving.

Sophomores Mayada Hassan and Marafi Badr are both from Sudan. They shared that they don’t always celebrate Thanksgiving. However, some years they choose to take part in the festivities and when they do, they have traditional foods from Sudan. These foods include fool, kissra (also known as injera), molokhia, and tamia. “Tamia is like falafel” Hassan shares. The two also said that they have the typical Thanksgiving foods at their dinner table such as turkey and potatoes.

Also from Sudan is sophomore Waad Abrahim. She shares that her family doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving. “We don’t really do anything. We take it as a break and go out to the movies. It’s not viewed as a holiday. We kind of just spend time together.”

Sophomore Simone Clarke was born in the US but her family is from Jamaica. “I help my mom cook dinner for everyone. We try and invite our cousins and other family over and have our friends from church come.” Clarke said that she and her family have traditional Jamaican dishes. Such as; dark chicken, goat soup and fish soup, rice and peas curry goat, and curry chicken. Sweet potato pone and rum cake are common desserts. Along with her family’s traditional Jamaican foods, Clarke also has what she considers to be “Thanksgiving traditional” foods for her dinner. She has Turkey and ham along with mac and cheese. “My mom makes two big things of mac and cheese because there are so many people.”
This is just to name a few of the students who have “untraditional traditions”. Stuart tries to embrace diversity in more than one way. Stuart tries to make culture shine through everything it does, even in the American holiday festivities. Though we are all different, we are one.