By Josh Trangle, Work and Travel Program Assistant

With the holiday season fast approaching, this is the time of year when families come together to celebrate the things in their lives for which we they are most grateful.

Thanksgiving, a holiday whose origins stem from the celebration of a fruitful harvest, has now become an icon of American tradition. The United States, however, is not alone in its celebration of the annual harvest. Countries throughout the world have their own ways to honor this tradition. Ranging from Korea’s Chuseok to India’s Pongal to Vietnam’s Tet, all of these holidays not only celebrate the harvest, but also celebrate the ideas of community and family.

Another holiday that roots its values in these same ideals is the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. This year’s celebration of American Thanksgiving happens to coincide with Hanukkah (“The Festival of Lights”). This is the first time since 1888 that these two holidays have overlapped, and due to an anomaly between the Gregorian (Western) and Jewish calendars, this won’t happen again for another 79,000 years!

535992_323624681070007_613816369_nAs CCI Greenheart’s Work and Travel program anticipates an exciting winter new season, the participants that arrive from all corners of the world will be welcomed into the CCI Greenheart family. Each with their own unique customs and practices, these participants are now beginning to settle into their new homes and cultivate new friendships. In the spirit of the holidays, our goal is to ensure that they all feel at home, and that they are able to make names for themselves in their new communities.

As the CCI Greenheart family continues to grow, we would like to extend our warmest holiday wishes.