Thanksgiving Minus the Turkey
Hindu Press International
Monday, November 21, 2011 at 11:51:28 am
USA, November 22, 2003 - Hindus in America are about to be faced with
Thanksgiving and its traditional turkey feast. It's not a Hindu
holiday, of course, there is no obligation to celebrate and the
turkeys would appreciate it if you didn't. However, for those who by
choice or social obligation find it necessary, there is a vegetarian
alternative, several in fact, of which the most established in
). Yes, that's a turkey-shaped tofu
product, a marvel of food engineering, complete with the Thanksgiving
standards of gravy, wild rice, cranberry-apple potato dumplings, etc.
There's even an artificial "wishbone" (the forked furcula bone of a
bird) to fulfill a Thanksgiving custom, one that actually goes back
to Roman times. Two people make a wish, then pull opposite sides of
this bone until it breaks, with the one getting the larger piece
having his wish fulfilled.
Jai Maharaj, Jyotishi
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