Wednesday, November 21, 2007

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Do you ever get the feeling that you've been exposed to something new this year that while has been around before, just hadn't caught your attention last year. Happens to me every year. Mostly it's to do with spring. Every year I will notice something different foliage wise - a new flower or a new plant that has been staring at me right in the face, but I've just been too blind to notice the previous year.

Looks like this year's theme is festivals/ holidays. First it started out with Diwali, which was celebrated with much fanfare all over the world by people of all religions, more so than the years before. For the first time, I was privy to pictures, emails, wishes - ones that had missed me completely last year. Is it that I have gotten in touch with more relatives residing all over via a family tree project, that have been sending me Diwali wishes, even though they're not Hindu. (Not surprising, since Indians have long been celebrating each others' festivals regardless of religious affiliation). Or is it that people the world over are getting into the spirit of multiculturalism, which is such a nice thing to see happening.


We here in Bermuda are often asked if Thanksgiving is celebrated at all - Canadian (celebrated in October) or American (celebrated in November). We always answer with a resounding NO! It's not celebrated by the locals, just the expats, depending on their nationality. Or at least that's what I thought. Apparently, American Thanksgiving is celebrated by many Bermudians - turkey, stuffing, dressing, the whole nine. Even the tradition of Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving, where rock bottom prices hit & shopping records are in the making), is a fever that has caught on in Bermuda. (By the way, can I just say that I am horrified that they call it Black Friday! Borderline blasphemy). Maybe having a car exposes us to a little of Bermuda's what happenings via the local radio stations which we seem to have on most time, despite the car being equipped with an MP3 player. Maybe this year we will scope out the Black Friday sales, just to see what Bermuda has to offer (remember people, it's tax free). Anyway, Thanksgiving may not be a day off in Bermuda but it will definitely be celebrated.

So what's next for me? Christmas? Hanukkah? Kwanzaa?

7 comments:

bermudabluez said...

Well, Hope it's ok that I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! At least check out the sales!! Prices being what they are in Bermuda, you'll probably score some deals! By the way, I did check out the JetBlue flights and they are AMAZINGLY low in price!

fortyfiveminutes said...

you're probably just running out of blog ideas girl - that explains noticing the things you haven't noticed before! (wink, wink) :)

~ Ms. Cute Pants ~ said...

BB: Happy Thanksgiving to you! I hope it's a good one!
Of course the best time to visit Bermuda is during the summer! It's actually cold right now...ok not your kind of cold, but cold nevertheless! It's cold for us, dammit!

FF: Lady, you just may be right. Or not! Haha. Hey, if it's true, I can always go political! Plenty to talk about there!

ZenDenizen said...

Stick to the anecdotes, plenty of other depressing blogs out there for politics :)

~ Ms. Cute Pants ~ said...

Anecdotes, EH? I think I shall! :o) Thanks Denizen.

DeOnion said...

It's important to remember that we Bermudians probably have more reason to celebrate Thanksgiving than most Americans, given that a number of Bermudians have family names on Plymouth Rock...

~ Ms. Cute Pants ~ said...

Thank you De Onion. This is the first I've heard of it. Perhaps, Bermuda should have Thanksgiving as a holiday as well.