Thanksgiving in Cozumel

Thanksgiving in Cozumel Mexico

The modern Thanksgiving Day celebration that takes place annually in the United States can be traced back to Colonial New England when the newly arrived Puritans and Pilgrims began a tradition of giving thanks to God for safe passage of immigrants from England to North America and a minimally documented feast in Plymouth, Massachusetts in the fall of 1621 that was held in order to give thanks for a bountiful harvest.

Thanksgiving Day now occurs on the fourth Thursday of November and has evolved into a four-day weekend for everyone to observe the national holiday with family and friends, making it one of the busiest travel days of the year in the United States. 

During and after the American Revolution, British loyalists fled the United States and resettled in Canada, bringing with them the tradition of giving thanks for a bountiful autumnal harvest.  French settlers also brought celebratory traditions with them to Canada, as did folks from Ireland, Scotland and Germany, incorporating aspects of each country’s traditional entrees into the Canadian Thanksgiving Day celebratory feast, which is now officially observed on the second Monday of October every year and is a statutory holiday everywhere in Canada except New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador.  

Celebrants of Thanksgiving Day in the United States in November and Canada in October are modifying their traditions to include a getaway to the beautiful subtropical island of Cozumel, Mexico.  Although Mexico does not observe the Thanksgiving holiday, many visitors and residents alike are American or Canadian citizens and Cozumel locals make them feel right at home by providing a variety of sumptuous Thanksgiving feasts, some prepared traditionally and some with a Mexican flair.  

Thanksgiving Day feasts in the United States and Canada are similar in many ways, especially their holiday menus that both feature roasted turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, gravy, autumn vegetables like corn, Brussels sprouts and squash and, of course, pumpkin pie! 

Many of the restaurants in Cozumel offer welcoming and comfortable atmospheres for these special feasts and serve traditional Thanksgiving meals while others incorporate the color and cuisine of Mexico featured in roasted turkey, chicken or pork, in the form of enchiladas and other Mexican specialties, as well as chorizo pumpkin soup and fruit and bread puddings, with cranberry relish or mango salsa on the side.   

After enjoying a day at the beach swimming in the warm, clear Caribbean Sea or fishing, scuba diving or snorkeling among the corals of the Mesoamerican Reef System, stroll the streets and observe billboards and signs to decide which restaurant at which to make a reservation to enjoy your Thanksgiving Day meal.  Most restaurants offer these special meals, but not all participate and quantities are limited, so reservations are recommended. 

Cozumel offers a wide variety of accommodations that feature amenities to please everyone.  Your American or Canadian Thanksgiving Day celebration in Cozumel will be unlike any other you’ve ever experienced and will keep you returning year after year to enjoy all of your Thanksgiving Day holidays on this beautiful Caribbean island.

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