We are a truly fusion family. Everyday my husband and I combine our Indian and American cultures and created a masala life together. There are a couple times in the year where we focus especially on one side of the culture.
Christmas is my holiday and Diwali is his.
On Christmas we celebrate all the traditions of my culture, the food, music, stories, decorations. There have been times in the past when my husband has suggested that I make an Indian dish like Paneer or Gulab Jamun for the Christmas season. My answer is always no to this. We do not eat Turkey on Diwali and we do not eat Paneer on Christmas. I know this sounds rigid and alittle ridicules but it works for us.
These are just two holidays where I do not want to “mix” traditions. I want the traditions of these two holidays to be completely intact for our daughter. I want her to love and fully appreciate both cultures independently as well as mixed. I want her to experience Christmas as I did with a Christmas tree, stockings, Christmas stories, lots of Christmas music. I want her to taste the holiday foods like turkey with all the fixings, sugar cookies, yule log, and so much more. I also want her to experience Diwali as my husband did as a kid at the Gurdwara, with all the candles and lights, fireworks, and decorations. The wonderful Indian sweets like Rasmalai and Gulab Jamun and foods like Butter Panner!
We keep Diwali completely Indian and Christmas western.
The Christmas Season is upon us now, so you will see a flood of recipes and articles on my favorite Holiday
To other Masala couples, Do you mix traditions on your respective holidays or do you keep them intact?
Please share your holiday traditions I would love to hear them all.
If you are interested in reading how other Masala Couples celebrate their holidays, there are some links below to some wonderful articles.Christmas in My Intercultural Family, by American Punjaban PI