by Choongo Hamoonga
Thanksgiving has been an annual tradition in the United States since 1863, and only became a federal holiday in 1941. Originally, thanksgiving was a religious observation to offer thanks to God. However, it is now identified as a secular holiday. On every last Thursday of November, families and friends gather together to share the thanksgiving dinner, which usually comprises of turkey to the extent that thanksgiving is sometimes referred to as “turkey day”.
The celebration of thanksgiving is accompanied by interesting activities such as vacations and travel, parades, shopping, and sports with American football being a thanksgiving favorite. It is without doubt that thanksgiving is one of the most important and exciting periods of the American calendar.
In our homeland, Zambia, Thanksgiving is a day that some people have just come to learn about through the movies and magazines. We do not celebrate thanksgiving the Native American way but certainly we have a lot to be grateful for.
The story of Northrise University is one such thing as it stands as a reminder for us to continually give thanks. Once upon a time, NU was nothing but a dream. And through God’s divine intervention, that dream has become a reality.
During this period of thanksgiving, remember to say a prayer to God; give thanks for Northrise University as well as people God has used to transform the dream into reality. Without the family of Northrise, there would be no story to tell. What a better time than this to say thank you all for your sacrifice, support and prayers that keep the dream of Northrise alive.
Happy Thanksgiving To You All!