Nazia Salam9 months ago
I felt the same way when I spent the last Ramadan in Bangladesh. Having no family their, I was living in the country for six months during which Ramadan fell. I was looking forward to a more authentic celebration, one we hear that our parents and grandparents had in their home country. But, the previous comments are correct in saying it's what you make of it. I totally get your perspective on it being easier there, and not realizing how the everyday challenges we face in the states make it much more meaningful for us personally. I thought I would feel the observance on the month all around me, yet it was overlooked and not given as much attention as I thought because it's something everyone does (almost just out of habit). But I feel I get a really special experience in the states, because I'm one of few in my circle of friends celebrating and I get the opportunity to tell more people about Ramadan that haven't heard of it before. Great piece!