Thanksgiving is a holiday that is widely celebrated around the globe, especially in the United States. On the fourth Thursday of November, loved ones, families and friends get together to give thanks and share a large meal with each other. A traditional Thanksgiving dinner would usually consist of a roast turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, a pumpkin pie and much more.
Although it is celebrated across the world, it doesn’t seem to have such resonance in the Middle East. Arabs love to recreate their own version of Thanksgiving where, instead of throwing a lavish dinner, friends get together for a meal and share their fortunes with each other, it is also known as a “Friendsgiving”.
Arabs have a lot to be thankful for and though we do not share the same story as the Pilgrims and the Native Americans, we still have a lot on our plates. Thanksgiving should be a holiday where people are reunited with their loved ones and where they are able to discuss what they are thankful for this year. It is a time where people should be humble, honest and raw with their feelings. Above all, friends and families get to support one another and share their gratitude for each other.
We’ve imagined our own Thanksgiving in the MENA region. We’ve rounded up our favorite designers and they’ve told us exactly what they’re most thankful for. Also, we asked them to select an item from their collections that they would wear/recommend for a Thanksgiving dinner or night out.
“It’s hard to summarize what I’m grateful for in a few words. I’m grateful for health and family, for friendships and human connections, and for the ability to create and contribute to this Earth,” said Shahd Al Shehail.
Shahd Al Shehail recommends this popular and trendy outfit for a thanksgiving night out.
“Practicing gratitude has become our mantra lately, especially when living in an unstable environment. This time of year we like to think about the little things that bring us happiness and make our lives better. Today, and every day, we are particularly thankful for family and friends who turned into family,” said Dima and Tania Nawbar.
“We’re thankful for health, family, friends, support and the ability to give back,” said George Azzi and Assaad Osta.
“Oxygen. The one most crucial element that became scarce for many this year. I am grateful to be here with my two kids and our loved ones around us. Also I would like to add my kids, being able to grow my passion and career, and health above all,” said Alia Zaki
“I’m thankful for all of it. On a personal level, I’m thankful for my health and wellbeing; because as much as we tend forget, it’s a priceless gift. I’m thankful for my family, friends and loved ones; they are my ultimate support system. On the other hand, I am genuinely grateful for the great success of By Mina Al Sheikhly and my wonderful team for always giving their best efforts to develop the brand. My amazing online family; I’m grateful for all the love and support. I’m grateful for all of it!” said Mina Al Sheikhly.