The best of everything

Living in different places with a variety of traditions makes me aware of the kind of events that can be celebrated. It also makes me aware of how events can be celebrated. While the German Reunification Day in Germany is just celebrated institutionally – but people don’t really seem to care which holiday encourages them to drink beer and listen to live music at Brandenburger Tor – the Norwegian National Day is celebrated with ice cream, hot dogs, and Champagne. While my Turkish friends in Singapore tell me about the great reception they attended at their embassy for national day, the German embassy invites business partners but not fellow country-women to their Reunification Day event. I can pick and choose what to celebrate and so I had Bastille day with a bunch of French people at a beach party, I celebrated Hare Raya with my Malaysian family, and Diwali with my Indian roommate and American friends. But you can take it a step further and introduce new traditions to new people and make it your own tradition.
A tradition of Norwegian work culture is fredags pils. That means that you drink beer on a Friday with your work buddies. Since I can pick and choose between cultures and even export holidays, I introduced fredags pils to my Singaporean work environment but moved it to a Thursday. My colleagues are delighted and I hope for more cross cultural traditions.

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2 Responses to The best of everything

  1. Peggy says:

    Hast du denen auch schon gezeigt, was man in Deutschland macht, wenn man jemanden sehr gern hat???

  2. nele says:

    nein, dass ist ja nur zwischen dir und mir so :)))

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