I have a very strong connection and relationship with my dad’s family. We have many traditions and spend most holidays and celebrations together. One tradition that we have involves food, especially pierogies. On Christmas Eve, my family has a tradition not to eat meat and instead we eat pierogies and ham. Pierogies have been a part of our family meals ever since my grandmother learned to cook them from her father, who immigrated to America from Czechoslovakia. My grandmother then taught my Aunt Diane how to cook them and ever since my grandmother passed away a couple of years ago, my aunt has kept the tradition alive. Although eating pierogies is just one tradition of many that we have in my family, it is a very special one and always reminds me of home and my ancestry. One day I hope to learn how to cook pierogies or even travel to Slovakia in order to learn more about my background.

Place(s): Czechoslovakia
Year: 1914

– JM.

Relationship:  Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more