Happy Thanksgiving! - Ambassador Poptodorova
It is that time of the year again – to count our blessings and express thankfulness. Whether a time of reflection or quality family time, Thanksgiving has long ago moved away from its traditional roots to a more versatile celebration of gratitude.
Bulgaria has so many things to be grateful for - its bountiful natural beauties, being a proud nation of people capable of hard labour and great perseverance, but harsh self-criticism as well, finding the way through a maze of challenges and assuming its place in Europe and the world. It is the day to be appreciative for the gifts of the past, especially those of friendship and the relationships that one has been blessed with.
Moreover, as we take to heart the significance of our latest hard-earned gains, we should not forget to thank the family of countries that helped bring us there. An invaluable partner to Bulgaria, the United States of America has proven to be a staunch supporter of Bulgarians' quest for freedom, democracy, prosperity and law-governed society.
Reuniting and breaking bread with one's family is a means of expressing gratitude that is at the heart of the Thanksgiving holiday. At times like these we are reminded that strength comes through unity. As we keep this in mind, we search for opportunities to reach out to our transatlantic community. In the generous spirit of Thanksgiving we need to develop a safe and inclusive environment which allows our people on both sides of the Atlantic to live by an abundance of personal choices and enjoy easier travel and communication. Interpersonal relationships are the best gift we can offer our nations.
Although Thanksgiving is an American holiday, many other cultures are able to relate to it. The essence of this holiday is all-embracing, regardless of faith or nationality. All people have the basic need to belong and share, both the happy times and the responsibilities too.
The EU-US alliance encompasses a wide array of shared responsibilities. This partnership is an essential part of the global economic growth and prosperity, an efficient guarantee for peace, democracy and human rights around the world. Bulgaria's membership in EU and NATO opened a range of new possibilities for intensified Bulgarian-American cooperation in the fields of trade, investment, security, governance, etc. Addressing new challenges, learning from working together we continue to build meaningful and substantive bilateral relations, which will be a political, development and security guarantee for posterity.
Enjoy the coming holiday season in a true spirit of giving and optimism for a future of new opportunities in personal advancement and in the relations between our two countries!
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
of the Republic of Bulgaria to the United States of America