Sunday, October 30, 2011
What Namgay thinks about Halloween
Lately I've been going to book groups and talking about MARRIED TO BHUTAN. Last week someone wanted to know what Namgay thinks about Halloween. So I asked him and he said: "When we first got here I though it was kind of strange to decorate the houses with spiders and cobwebs and cut off hands. Now I'm used to it and I don't care." It wouldn't occur to him to dress up, but he thinks the costumes are funny. Many of our American holiday customs are kind of hard to explain to someone who doesn't live here. Once he asked me about Easter. "Well," I said, "Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus. He was killed, and three days after that he came to life again and went to be with God, his father."
"Okay, well than who is the Easter Bunny? And where does he get the eggs?"
Namgay likes Thanksgiving because we have people over and we cook a lot of food and it's the holiday that's most like a puja or Losar, the Bhutanese new year. When we were first married I told him that for Christmas it was traditional for husbands to give their wives jewelry. He's on to me now, but he still keeps the tradition. Nice.
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