El día de acción de gracias, Thanksgiving day, is a tradition that may have started in the United States, but the positive sentiments of gratefulness and reflection and the family-centeredness of the event have spread to many parts of the world, including Latin America.
MOLA overall has so many things to be grateful for. Starting with our amazing team of volunteers and board members who have donated their time in the service of this organization and the Latino community. As well as the fact that as such a young organization we have been warmly embraced by our community and already feel we are part of the fabric of Latino healthcare in Chicago. Somos parte de also más grande que nosotros mismos y estamos profundamente orgullosos de nuestras tradiciones y de nuestra gente.
For many Latinos, the emphasis on family and well-being is a strong part of their cultural background, and Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to express those things that are not always said out loud but are strongly valued.
Some of our family traditions include making an “árbol de gracias” where we all, adults and kids, decorate a leaf and write a note of something we are thankful for. Some of us cook a traditional American Thanksgiving feast, and others make their own variations or something completely different, incorporating favorite foods or other traditions from their countries of origin. Menu items include pavo, lechón, arroz y frijoles, relleno, tamales, queso y chorizo, yuca frita, patatas dulces, and more.