It’s Christmas time!
And we Desis sure know how to celebrate this wonderful holiday! Because this is one cool holiday that we all get to celebrate, no matter if it is a part of our religion or not.
Christmas for Desi families means many things. Despite Christmas having religious reasons to be celebrated; it has its unique meaning and is also celebrated for nonreligious reasons for Desi’s around the world.
First and foremost, it’s a day off. Celebrating Christmas means getting a day off, from work and school and seriously any reason for a day off is simply awesome.
Celebrating Christmas may mean that there is a reason to get together with family. For many, it means a reason to visit family members whom we may not have seen for some time. Meeting our family and friends for lunch and dinner to enjoy savory Desi dishes is just too enjoyable.
For many Desi families here in the US, this holiday season also means potluck! An accumulation of dishes at the table that allows everyone to make their best meal for everyone to enjoy is looked forward to.
Christmas also means that it is the time for giving and receiving gifts, which we all love! No matter where we are, we try to make sure that there is always a little something for our loved ones this season.
As the Desi trend goes we also end up playing rounds of Antakshri, Ludo and various card games. The real competitive spirit of families shine and it’s the perfect time for the kids in the family to see the real colors of the elders!
The young American Desis go on a party hopping spree and are often quite lost till the New Year dawns – much to the charring of the elders!
We may not find a way to establish the holiday of Christmas for the religious reasons, but we Desis make out time to enjoy with our family and friends like everyone else.