Probably because I grew up mostly in Haiti, Thanksgiving was never a holiday that I took seriously. I usually just enjoy the day off watching television and playing soccer.

My twin sister Ruth is not a big fan of the holiday either, usually choosing to work. That’s why she has not celebrated the holiday in four years. But even when she has, as she did in 2019, we had full-blown Haitian dishes on the table. We did not even have a whole turkey, choosing instead to chop it up, just like we cook it in Haiti.


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Onz Chery is a Haiti correspondent for Go West Now. Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He later wrote for First Touch, local soccer leagues in New York and Elite Sports New York before joining Go West Now in 2019.