The Cayman Thanksgiving committee met last week at Cayman Cabana to officially launch this year’s celebrations, giving details of events planned. The committee also thanked sponsors and highlighted some of last year’s successes.
Cayman Thanksgiving is a weekend-long national celebration to honour Caymanian heritage, culture and way of life. Organisers announced that this year’s event will include a Homecoming Concert featuring local musicians on Friday, 29 November; a Market at the Grounds event on Saturday, 30 November, which will feature cooking demonstrations, local produce and arts and crafts; and a Cayman Thanksgiving meal on Sunday, 1 December, the heart of the Cayman Thanksgiving celebration.
Cayman Thanksgiving was first launched in December 2011 and is a celebration designed to give thanks for Cayman’s blessings. It is also timed partially to express gratitude for the end of the hurricane season. As well as giving thanks, the concept calls out to Caymanians to reach out to non-Caymanians and invite them to family gatherings.
Committee member Luigi Moxam said that Cayman Thanksgiving offers the opportunity for people to acknowledge the social, cultural and economic benefits of living in Cayman and to solidify a tradition that has always been at the core of Cayman’s culture.
“Each person who has the privilege of living in the Cayman Islands, whether you are from here or not, should agree that we have a lot to be grateful for,” Mr. Moxam said. “Far beyond the weather and the beaches are the roots of a nation that has truly founded itself upon the spirit of God’s grace, mercy and blessings. This includes the passing of a safe hurricane season, the know-how of living off of the local land and sea to feed our families and thus acknowledging how our unique heritage has contributed to the strong foundation we have here today.
In addition to the Cayman Thanksgiving celebrations planned for the last weekend of November, the committee has also been hard at work organising school presentations, cooking demonstrations and extended after school programmes designed to educate Cayman’s youth about Cayman’s culture and heritage.
This year, the committee hopes to launch an educational micro-site on the Cayman Thanksgiving website, host quarterly cooking demonstrations, generate support for a national day of prayer and aim to make Cayman Thanksgiving a new cultural tradition.
“As far as I’m concerned, it is as important or more to acknowledge what the social, cultural and economic benefits are to celebrating Cayman Thanksgiving weekend than most holidays that are officially acknowledged on the calendar now a days,” Mr. Moxam added.
This year’s theme is “one meal can make a difference”.
Cayman Thanksgiving was first launched in December 2011 and is a celebration designed to give thanks for Cayman’s blessings.
Cayman Thanksgiving is a weekend-long national celebration to honour Caymanian heritage, culture and way of life.