New York, 27 November 2021 (TDI): On Thursday, the Consul General of Pakistan in New York, Ayesha Ali, joined a Thanksgiving Food Drive in Brooklyn and New Jersey.
The drive was organized by two distinct members of the Pakistani-American community, Sam Khan, an entrepreneur and community activist, and Bazah Roohi, the President of Bibi Jan Corporation and Founder of the American Council of Minority Women.
Consul General Ayesha Ali delightfully participated in the event and distributed food boxes to the people. The purpose of the drive was to serve food to underserved communities in Brooklyn and New Jersey on the special occasion of ‘Thanksgiving.’
CG Ayesha Ali @pakinNewYork joins thanksgiving meal drives organized by Pakistani-Americans @samkhannj & Bazah Roohi @bazah_roohi
in New Jersey & Brooklyn for underserved communities. Pakistanis continue to give back big.@ericadamsfornyc @GovKathyHochul @ForeignOfficePk pic.twitter.com/dOtx5gzVtr
— Pakistan Consulate General New York (@PakinNewYork) November 25, 2021
About the Thanksgiving Holiday
Thanksgiving is a national holiday celebrated in some parts of the world such as Canada, the United States, Liberia, Grenada, and Saint Lucia, to express gratitude towards the blessings of the past year. In the US, it is annually observed every fourth Thursday of November.
The Americans believe that their Thanksgiving is modeled on a 1621 harvest feast shared by the Wampanoag people (native Americans) and English colonists (Pilgrims) of Plymouth.
The holiday is particularly rich in legend and symbolism, where the traditional meal fare includes turkey, pumpkin pie, potatoes, bread stuffing, and cranberries.
Role of the Pakistani Diaspora
The Pakistani community residing in America has been making commendable efforts to enhance the bilateral relations between Washington and Islamabad. They are thriving in various fields such as entrepreneurship, culture, politics, and science and technology.
The Pakistani diaspora has also received acknowledgment from the US and Pakistani governments for bringing the people of both sides together, particularly through educational and cultural exchanges.