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Actually that example illustrates an important point. It is considered rude for non-muslims to eat in view of muslims who are fasting during Ramadan. In general other religions are much stricter than Christianity so it is better to be sensitive to their practices when you are aware of them. One on one between two individuals it is usually no big deal and any misunderstanding in greetings is overlooked, but for corporations and the government it is better to be generic...
I'm very truly sorry about that. I was wondering what part of my comment made you so upset. Actually the part about the cricket bat was not a threat at all. It was stated as "perhaps" and  "if" and "probably" and "years ago" and then a question. I have no reason to threaten you whatsoever. The part of my comment that was a borderline infraction was the first part where I postulated something about your mental state. Again, sorry about that, but by all means keep up the...
Only tourists buy Panama hats and they are usually made in Haiti or China. Probably our most famous asset is the Panama Canal, perhaps you've heard of it. Another claim to fame is our coffee which is world renowned. Panama is far from boring as it is a popular tourist destination with some of the finest surfing, fishing and scuba as well as a rich national heritage. There are also many wildlife species including over 300 types of hummingbirds. We also have a couple...
I was just doing some research about that and it turns out in the US 90% of people celebrate Christmas but only 50% of those who celebrate view it as a religious holiday. I would have thought it would have been less observers and more secular participants so I guess you point is noted. I still think  saying happy holidays is preferable for businesses but apparently it makes no difference for individuals. I am still surprised that you find that people saying happy holidays...
Saying merry christmas to non-observers in the US and expecting them to return the greeting just because this is America is simply rude. That type of attitude is why Americans are generally considered rude when they travel to other countries. Certainly the case in Panama where most Americans refuse to learn any spanish and expect the locals to speak english. This isn't the 1800s. Things change as the diverse populations start intermingling around the world. In my opinion,...
No where. They aren't fighting words at all. In the US If you said that to someone who did not observe Christmas, they would probably say thank you, and to you as well. People of other faiths have learned to accept things like that. They don't want to stir up trouble. Very much like jews who have a job that requires them to work past sunset on Fridays and Muslims who have to work on Friday. It is not the end of the world. They put up with it because it is better than...
For the sake of continuity I was responding to the parts of the garb that I was accused of using in vain. Since we are always in Panama for Christmas we say Feliz Navidad. Try saying that to strangers on the street in London. Second thought...maybe you better not. "What the f*** are you saying? Do I look like f**ing Jose Feliciano?"
I thought I was responding to your accusation that I stole your garb and after explaining exactly the events that we participate in you bring up Christmas Mass. How the bloody hell did I steal your mass? We don't have any religious observances whatsoever.
Wow! I know it was just a quick approximation, but I didn't realize I was so far off.  better put a /s in case someone takes that literally.
Actually I think most of the garb is Pagan like the decorated tree, the yule log, feasts, parties, wine, etc. Perhaps the gift giving has some biblical roots, and although I've been known to gift some gold, not too much incense or myrrh. Mostly toy trucks, dolls and stuffed animals.
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