Every year around December, thanks to the internet, I see the world preparing to celebrate not just the new year, but also the snowfall, Christmas and end of the year. Before that, of course, comes thanksgiving, Halloween, black Friday and cyber Monday (Have I missed anything?); none of which is particularly celebrated in Bangladesh. But endless hours of movie- and TV show-watching has given me enough idea of how people around the world — mostly in the United States — prepare for the holidays as end of the year and Christmas approaches.
But I have never experienced this. So, I have no idea, literally.
The cheer of holidays is half seen on the internet, on people’s blogs, on internet medias and so on. It’s more like Eid in Bangladesh, for which people prepare for months and the whole country goes crazy over this by buying gifts, new clothes and whatnot. However, the added benefit of Christmas and end of the year is that it’s always winter. Now, I have never experienced snowfall for it doesn’t snow in Bangladesh, so pardon me if I’m saying snowfall is cool while it might be the cause of you staying at home over the holidays. 😉
And then comes the eves. The evening before the Eid day is celebrated with more fun and joy than the Eid itself. From what I understand, the Christmas eve and New Year’s eve is pretty much the same. Though it’s ‘no holiday’ here in Bangladesh, I can sense it pretty well thanks to wherever I go on the web.
I love the holidays because it’s at the end of a year. People get to remember how they spent the year, be together with the people they love, celebrate all they want, and bid them best wishes as they move forward to a new year with a lot of hope and goals to achieve. Over here, that doesn’t happen. Even parties at New Year’s eve isn’t that common except in the higher class societies.
Perhaps one day I’ll get to spend the holidays in a country where it’s celebrated most? Let’s see.
In the meantime, Happy Holidays to everyone!
(Feel free to share this post if you’re in a similar situation where you haven’t experienced the fun of holidays but still care to wish others.)