Post # 1
- Wedding: October 2014 - Ranch
I moved to a new house a year ago, and I soon found out that my neighbors are very nice Sikh people from India (don’t know if that is the correct way to describe them) I lived all my life in a small town with Hispanics and Whites with very few influence from any other culture/religion. Needless to say, I am clueless when it comes to etiquette.
We always say hi and bye and even have small talk. The older man has longer chats when he catches my dad. They borrow things such as latters, chairs, tables (my dad keeps his party rental things in the garage) My neighbors bring me food often, which I love beacuse I am vegetarian and so are they. I am very greatful, but how do I show them??? I am very embarrassed that after all this time I have not given something in return, but I am afraid of offending them with the wrong food or something.
Please help me. What type of food can I give them in return? I am Mexican if that helps any. There is a bit of a language barrier, but we communicate quite well with signs lol
Sorry for the essay and thank you in advance!
Post # 3
Food is the best bridge of languages and cultures but I’d make a vegetarian dish for them and flowers. Just get kosher food just in case, idk about Sikhism but I’m sure if u come with a grateful heart theyd gladly accept ur generosity
Post # 4
@CaliRorter: I’d research it. A had to do paper on that religion a looong time ago I remember they are vegeterian and have some pretty neat beliefs I’d google some stuff or check out books from the library or something considering that there is a language barrier. I’d be afraid to cook for them since I don’t know the customs like Jewish have all those kosher things not knowing about the religion you don’t know what the restrictions are.
Best of luck and good for you for having friendly neighbors.
Post # 5
- Wedding: October 2014 - Ranch
@Mrs Christopher: Thank you both for your answers. I was ill the last couple of days, so I couldn’t get on sooner. I googled and still didn’t find much, but I will keep on searching. Thank you. I am very fortunate to have kind neighbors.
Post # 6
@CaliRorter: My ex-boss is sikh. They don’t eat almost anything with animal origin, like no eggs. So I think you’re best to go with either a non-food item, like flowers, or something vegan.
Post # 7
@CaliRorter: Based on my understanding,a lot of Sikh people are vegetarian, sometimes vegan, but certainly not all. In my city ther is a huge Sikh populartion so I have a lot of friends & coworkers who are part of the religion. It’s actually a really interesting religion if you research it. It’s quite a “new” religion (I think only about 500 years old) and it’s quite feminist which is nice.
My suggestion is to bring them a food gift from your own culture, and since you know they are vegetarian stick with that.
Also keep in mind that there are Sikh’s of different observance level (like there are within most religions) so the “rules” wont be the same for all. For example, not all practicing Jews keep kosher.
Post # 8
@CaliRorter: I spent a couple months with my friend’s Sikh family in India one summer. Some are vegetarians, but not all. I found that they had some interesting food traditions (such as, they believed you shouldn’t drink water WITH a meal – only before or after – because they thought it’d give you indigestion to drink while eating). Overall, the food was like normal Indian food – lots of flavor, and generally a little too spicy for my poor white-girl tongue! 🙂
If you want to cook for them, try to pick something flavorful! I once tried to serve them “mac and cheese” (homemade with real cheese, to share a bit of my American culture) and they all thought it was horribly bland!! They ended up dumping a bunch of chili spices on it. LOL! So your best bet would be a flavorful main dish, or even a sweet dessert (although chocolate didn’t seem very popular in India – desserts seemed to be more often rice pudding type things, or other sugary confections).
Anyway, I’m sure no matter what you serve, they’ll appreciate the gesture. Have fun!