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Friday, December 21, 2007

Emirati Christmas!

Christmas In Dubai!
Funny how in the States political correctness prevents anyone from saying "Christmas" without someone getting their knickers in a twist, and yet here's a Muslim country showing respect for the many followers of Christ who call the Emirates their home. It just fills you up with the spirit of Christmas! :)

5 comments:

Globalorama said...

I was in Dubai last week. you would swear that the country was Christian walking through Mall of the Emirates. Christmas trees, lights, snow foam...

humble simpleton said...

“Terrifying political correctness”

Cairogal said...

Absolutely true. In Cairo, I was encouraged to make Christmas ornaments w/ my class of 4-year-olds. We also had a tree in the room per the instruction of my Lebanese-owned school, managed primarily by Egyptian Muslims. UAE was the same...after all, what's wrong w/ acknowledging the religious and societal customs of one another? My first xmas in the UAE was celebrated w/ a British friend, her Turkish husband, and his friends from Iran and Syria-all Muslims aside from my friend and I. Gifts, carols, and all the other customs were part of our shared day. Conversely, Ramadan is a very exciting time of the year, particularly when we lived in the ME. Hosting iftar, visiting Muslim friends to break the fast-that's the beauty of it all. I don't know where we went so wrong here.

TeacherLady said...

Not being a religious person, I just reveled in the excuse to be nice to one another without the risk of looking creepy. Iftar rocks! Man, I miss those buffets. And my grandmother made a mean harees... It was all so warm and full of joy...

There was a girl in my school who always had a Christmas card to give EVERYONE... She's an Iraqi Muslim! I bet she still does it too.

Cairogal said...

I'm not particularly religious, either, so Christmas is more cultural than religious for me, as is Ramadan and Eid. Friends I met in the region, whether Christian or Muslim, still send me cards of Eid greetings. I sent out an Eid Mubarak/Merry Christmas card to many friends who still live in the region and/or are in 'mixed relationships' like my own (husband is Egyptian Muslim).