Holidays are magnificent , they have their own clothes, food, rituals, spirit . I love them and I’m pretty sure everyone else does . But have you ever asked yourself what other religions do on their holidays , how they do things , what do they eat and why they celebrate them . I don’t know anything about the holidays of other religions ( Except Christmas ) but even that , there are so many important details which I have no clue about .
Each year the Muslims in Lebanon get a day off for the Christian Holidays and vice versa , I think the least we can do is ask ourselves what it is our friends are celebrating .
This blog post is an attempt to know more about : Christmas , Eid Mar Maroun , Easter , Armenian Christmas – you name it . So please if you know anything about these Holidays or have seen any one celebrating them , please write about it , tell me about the little details of why and how they are celebrated . I am eager to know . In return I will share with you how we celebrate our holidays in upcoming posts.
Lets keep the Holiday spirit alive !
Not long ago I visited my Christian friend in her home , I was welcomed by her 3 year old niece ( Serena) who according to my friend does not say hello to everyone . We talked and ate and I started to play with Srlena and 20 minutes later we were best of friends – so to speak . A few minutes later , she comes up to me and asks me ” What is that thing on your head ?” pointing to my veil with amusement . I laughed and suddenly my brain froze , how was I supposed to explain the veil to a 3 year old who had just seen it for the first time ? I started with the ” God tells me to wear my veil ” and I could see confusion in her eyes – who was I kidding , how could she possibly understand , then I told her ” Well you see my hair is so long that I need to wear this so that it doesn’t fall . I started to make more things up , and I could still see confusion. Selena asked a question and she wanted an answer . But little did I know that she already knew the answer .
After several failing attempts to explain the veil to her , Serena took my hand and walked me to the living room where there was a picture of her mom on her wedding day wearing the ” white veil ” that all brides wear . Selena looked at me and said ” You are like my mom , she is wearing a white veil and you are wearing a red veil ” She looked at me and smiled and I knew she had understood and accepted me . Sometimes all it takes is a question and a small gesture of kindness because as we grow older we forget to ask and we are quick to judge .
Maintain a curious mind and you will live a life full of answers. Thank you Serena .
With all my prayers ,