osob, thanks so much for sharing your traditions with us! i grew up in queens, new york, in one of the most ethnically diverse zip codes in the country. i was the only one who didnt speak a second language at home, which had me so put out!
i grew up with chinese, greek, japanese, argentine, puerto rican and vietnamese kids but didnt meet anyone muslim until college. I remember my classmate fasting for Ramadan. It was hard to do for a month, she said, but totally worth it, doing it with her family and friends. at the end of Ramadan that year, she brought in sweets and foods to taste-totally delicious! and before my D diagnosis, so i could eat it all without thinking.
It is really interesting to learn about other people´s traditions and i was so surprised after moving to spain 15 years ago about their completely different christmas traditions-foods they eat, the different days of exchanging gifts, all the little things that made the celebration theirs!
i did a language degree but also did a degree in biological anthropology. in bio anthro we had to do some cultural anthropology courses. i guess those were all sales pitches too.
great to hear you had a wonderful end to your holiday and that the kids enjoyed it!