As we have discussed in our series on different Thanksgiving celebrations from around the world, not all "thanksgiving" holidays have the same origins as the familiar American tradition. The U.S. holiday does have some influence over several international Thanksgiving traditions, however, including the October 25 observance in Grenada.
Instead of giving thanks for healthy harvests like many other international Thanksgiving holidays, the Grenadian tradition dates back to the 1983 when American forces intervened during a period of political instability. Grenada had been granted independence from the U.K. about a decade earlier, but political conflicts occurred in the country until the U.S. intervened after a military coup.
A constitutional government was eventually established in Grenada after the invasion, and ever since, the day that the Americans arrived as been designated by the government as a day of thanksgiving for the soldiers who died, as well as the country’s political stability.
Today’s national holiday in Grenada is typically celebrated with family and friends at special church services, or just simply on the beach. Celebrations are generally low-key, with most folks finding ways to enjoy a day off work.
Looking to add a little Caribbean flavor to you next Thanksgiving meal? Check out our recipe for oil down, or Grenada’s national dish.