Cayman Thanksgiving is observed annually on the first Sunday in December giving our community an opportunity to express gratitude, mark the passage of the hurricane season and celebrate Caymanian traditions. Festivities for Cayman Thanksgiving commence on the weekend preceding the first Sunday in December.
The first Sunday after the official passage of the Atlantic hurricane season was chosen because of the profound impact that two major hurricanes (Ivan in 2004 and Paloma in 2009) had on Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac. By observing our very own Thanksgiving at the end of the hurricane season, it unites all three islands in offering thanks.
For 2018, on Saturday 1st December get your local produce Markets at the Cricket the Grounds in George Town or the West Bay Heritage Park and listen to live music. All are encouraged to attend a worship service of your choice on Saturday 1st or Sunday 2nd December. Share a special meal in homes and participating restaurants in celebration of Cayman Thanksgiving Dinner which falls this year on 2nd December.
All members of the community are especially encouraged to donate unused hurricane supplies/groceries to a local food pantry or to people in need. Its also a great opportunity to spend quality time with family, greet a visitor to our Islands or simply catch up with old friends and experience “Caymankind”.
Who should celebrate
Cayman Thanksgiving can be celebrated by everyone in the Cayman Islands, the Caymanian diaspora and other people of the world who have an affinity for these Islands.
Cayman Thanksgiving designates a time in the Cayman Islands that brings a greater and more specific focus on Caymanian heritage and culture. Borne out of love for our country and in the spirit of humility, kindness and service, this weekend-long national celebration brings family, friends and neighbours together to express gratitude, mark the passage of the hurricane season and celebrate a “Caymankind” of holiday. As an open invitation to all to experience Caymanian culture first-hand, we reach out to the Caymanian diaspora and other people of the world who feel a sense of connection to our Islands.
Cayman Thanksgiving showcases a mosaic of Caymanian experiences that portray our Caymanian culture and values and promote the celebration of all things Caymanian.