Columbia, SC (WLTX) - While a lot of students leave college to go home for Thanksgiving, some stay behind because their homes are not in our country. That is why the International Friendship Ministries hosted an International Thanksgiving Dinner at First Baptist church in Columbia on Friday.
"Thanksgiving is a very unique American holiday," said Raj Aluri, the executive director of International Friendship Ministries.
For most Americans, Thanksgiving means spending time with families. For international students, family is sometimes an ocean away.
"Being in a different country sometimes is hard, especially on some special festival," said Ruiqin Gao, an international student from China. "We do miss our parents, friends, [and] relatives."
"In my country too, we don't celebrate Thanksgiving," said Mohammed Albasri, an international student from Saudi Arabia.