Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

Although it's almost the end of the day here in Singapore, I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and thank you :)

Thanksgiving is a day of mixed feelings for me. On one hand, it is great to have many people feeling grateful and having a positive attitude. On the other, the fact that many turkeys are raised to be slaughtered for our consumption on this day cannot be denied. I better be thankful they don't gobble us up for gobbling them up.

Have also been reading about President Bush pardoning a turkey. I find it particularly interesting that the US presidents have to pardon a couple of turkeys for every thanksgiving... it makes me wonder if turkey was served for their dinner :o It is still great though, that such a gesture was made. "Follow the leader" works great in this case, perhaps we could pardon a turkey from our dinner table and spare our health from the extra burden.

If you have read about the history of thanksgiving, you may have read about historians debating whether or not a turkey is served on the very first Thanksgiving. It could have been ham. So now they have this petition for Mr Bush to pardon a pig (which he has yet to done so).

7 comments:

Edanator said...

Do you celebrate thanksgiving here in Sg? :-o

dreamy said...

Nope, not many people celebrate Thanksgiving here, but I do find it a good to have such a day for reflection and be grateful for what we have :)

Edanator said...

Yes, but let's pick another day and let's call it another name and let's not sacrifice animals (turkeys) and let's acknowledge the fact that we have what we have at the expense of others and mother nature.

bazu said...

Happy thanksgiving to you, too!
I have mixed feelings about the holiday, I'm just thankful I don't have to look at a dead bird on the table on that day. I think G.W. pardoning a turkey is one of the most grotesque traditions I can think of- it makes me want to cry. It's like the death penalty- so many crazy traditions around it, when all you're doing is killing a person in cold blood. Just face it! (Ok, I'll stop ranting!)

Anni said...

I heard about the turkey pardoning tradition at an anthropology lecture last year. It seems like such a hollow portrayal of insincere compassion, although good for the happy turkey that's saved. I also started thinking about death penalty like Bazu - convicts aren't pardoned on Thanksgiving, are they.

Jackie said...

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.

Weird you can't see my blog seeing we are both Blogger. I have asked others to check and they say they have no problems and I am still getting regular comments. My settings say open to all. Very strange......

Travegan said...

I agree with Eda, it always shocks me when Chinese people send me greetings on American holidays that no-one would ever notice in Europe... Hopefully the copying ends before they also start these sacrifices and pardons and whathaveyou.

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