Saturday 14 December, 2019

What is the story and meaning behind Cayman Thanksgiving?

Founded in 2010,  Cayman Thanksgiving is a weekend-long national celebration to honour Caymanian heritage, culture and way of life. It is observed annually on the first Sunday in December as an opportunity to stop and express gratitude, to mark the end of hurricane season and to celebrate everything Caymanian.   

The first Sunday after the official passage of the Atlantic hurricane season was originally selected for these celebrations because of the impact of hurricanes Ivan in 2004 and Paloma in 2009 in Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac.  

Cayman Thanksgiving gives the opportunity for all three islands to unit in gratitude. 

Some of our many blessings include the safe passage of another hurricane season, a warm and supportive population, our tropical climate, the beauty of our surroundings, our clean ocean, electricity, water, our strong faith, our diversity, an excellent healthcare system, democracy, good food, a place to sleep at night, safety, a strong educational system, young and old people whom we can be proud of, and so much more.

Cayman Thanksgiving is a time for fellowship among family, friends and those in the community, The weekend-long celebration culminates with a traditional Caymanian meal using locally grown produce.

If you know anyone who is alone or suffering, no matter the reason, today is the day to connect with them and even invite them to share a meal.

We have so much to be thankful for.

Happy Cayman Thanksgiving.

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