Tag Archives: tradition

Superstitious, Supernatural, Stupendous Sri Lanka

Superstitious, Supernatural, Stupendous Sri Lanka

Sometimes I feel the supreme leader of the average Sri Lankan household is the tiny gecko that’s lurking behind your front door. Yes you read it right! It’s that gecko who decides to screech just as you are about to embark on a journey or perform an important task, signifying your imminent failure and sometimesContinue Reading

Sobremesa in Mexico City

Sobremesa in Mexico City

Sobremesa. This is such a big thing in Mexico – so big that we’ve even got this word to express this act/experience. So what is it? Sobremesa is the act of staying after lunch or dinner, in the same place where you ate, chatting and usually drinking with the people you shared your meal with.Continue Reading

Top 5 hangover cures

Top 5 hangover cures

[ENGLISH + ESPAÑOL] We’ve all been there, at least once. We drink a little too much and the next day we feel horrible; headache, nausea, bad stomach, etc. Here in Guadalajara we have come up with our very own hangover cures and remedies to make us feel better – and they truly help. And theContinue Reading

An arranged marriage to my rescue?

An arranged marriage to my rescue?

‘Like Christmas cake that is fresh up until the 25th but with each succeeding day becomes less appetizing and edible, women too lose their marital appeal as they pass the mid twenties mark’. You can’t argue with this old Japanese saying. At least not in Sri Lanka. You are raised as a little girl, warnedContinue Reading

The food of Thingyan

The food of Thingyan

Last month, I introduced you to Thingyan festival. This month I’ll tell you a little more about Thingyan festival, but from a different perspective, food, and for a couple of good reasons: 1) It’s April so that means it’s Thingyan season, and; 2) Everyone likes food and it’s a must to try the local foodContinue Reading

A Nepali meaning of family: A source of identity and existence

A Nepali meaning of family: A source of identity and existence

“Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in…” What a beautiful poem Robert Frost has written. When I read this poem, ‘home’, to me, means ‘family’, and I wonder if Frost also had a similar thought in his mind when he was composing the poem. HomeContinue Reading

Family tradition, from Hong Kong to Sydney

Family tradition, from Hong Kong to Sydney

I thank my lucky stars that I was born into a large family. Count seven children on my mother’s side and six on my father’s – that’s a whole lotta uncles and aunties. Throw their offspring and their offspring’s offspring into the mix and you have one giant melting pot of Pangs! (Both my parentsContinue Reading

Nowruz

Nowruz

Open the windows, 
For the kind breeze is celebrating the birthday of the beautiful flowers, 
And spring,
 On each and every branch,
 Close to each young leaf,
 Has turned on lovely candles! Fereydoon Moshiri, contemporary poet After a long and harsh Iranian winter, March is the time when the sun finally gets the strength toContinue Reading

Thingyan spirit

Thingyan spirit

In Myanmar (or Burma, as it was once known before), March is the time when summer steps in, and summer holidays start. Like in many other countries, summer holidays are the time when families carry out their plans for summer vacation activities. There are a variety of holiday destinations to choose from, but the mostContinue Reading

Naumati Baajaa: A signifier of Nepali culture

Naumati Baajaa: A signifier of Nepali culture

Music is like a magnet. When I hear some music, it attracts me in such a way that I begin singing silently along with its ebb and flow. When it’s the typical Nepali folk music of the Naumati Baajaa, I cannot control myself. I need to dance. Naumati Baajaa is fundamental to Nepalese culture andContinue Reading

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