Satveer Mittal
A different kind of celebration [Remington]
Mon Mar 12, 2018 07:58
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Satveer wasn’t sure how to approach the Thanksgiving celebration. Last year he had missed it as he and his family spent a week with his mother’s family in India, attending a Gurpurb. Gurpurbs are festivals that are associated with the lives of the Gurus. It just happened that Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur often coincided with the American tradition of Thanksgiving. Gurpurbs, in Satveer’s opinion, are wonderful festivals to behold. They are laden with flowers, flags, lights, songs, scripture and everyone looks smart. Really smart. One day, he hoped to be one of the Panj Piaras, leading the procession. A Gurpurb always had lots to do. Everyone comes together, normally at a Gudwara, to eat special food and celebrate as a community.
Satveer could see the parallels between Thanks giving and the Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Gurpurbs. In essence they are both celebrations of thanks. One celebrated the ultimate sacrifice of one Guru to uphold Sikh religious freedom (This was somethings Satveer was extremely thankful for), and the other was Thanksgiving. A celebration founded on the bones of the indigenous people. Aware of his peers and the fragility of his surroundings, this was however a point of view Satveer would not be sharing.
Whilst Satveer’s family had received their invitation, Thanksgiving again coincided with the Gurpurb and their annual trip to India. However, now that Satveer was a man, at least in the eyes of his family, he had chosen to stay at school. The Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Gurpurbs didn’t coincide with Thanksgiving Day this year and he could experience another cultures celebrations.

It was a little after his usual lunch time and Satveer was hungry. His metabolism meant he could eat whatever he wanted, but if he missed a meal his body would be quick to let him know. Satveer ambled his way to the diner as the other students and their families started arriving. It wasn’t a Gurpurb, but it was clearly a celebration. As he scanned the room, he could see that there were activities and tables of food. He even spied what looked to be a pie eating competition. In honesty, Satveer didn’t know how to take that last image. Of all the Americana that Satveer had been subjected to growing up, a fat man eating copious amounts of food for bragging rights was one that stuck with him for the not so nice reasons: When his family travelled, Satveer got to see some of the best features countries had to offer. Sadly, to get to them you often had to travel through the disparity these countries had to endure. Satveer often thought that parents had vetted his more negative interactions as a way to shield him from them. That said, the squalor of downtown Cairo and the dead horses in the stream was something even his parents couldn’t have foreseen.

Satveer continued scanning the Diner, taking in the sights and smells. It was oddly enjoyable seeing the students and their parents. And even siblings… it was like a real-life game of guess who! “Does he have a beard?” Satveer chuckled to himself.

Satveer made his way further into the room and he felt something brush past. Most likely a house elf, Satveer turned to see what it was. In doing so, he accidently nocked into the back of a dark-haired person. Unsure if it was a student or a guest, and being a polite person anyway, Satveer apologised with what was a notably British-Punjabi accent “Sorry, I didn’t mean to nock you”.

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