family and religious holidays

Here, have some Jewish Holts (+ autistic Pidge) headcanons from the Voltron AU I’ve been writing (though most of these work on canon universe, too). I haven’t managed to explore these much in the actual narrative, yet, but I wanna talk about them so here they are:

  • The entire Holt family is Jewish, but they’re not a super religious family. They mostly just celebrate major holidays + Hanukkah.
  • Of the siblings, Matt is marginally more spiritual, but Pidge is way more into Jewish cultural traditions.
  • Matt makes a lot of jokes about “putting the ish in Jewish” and proudly refers to himself as a “lazy but sincere Jew.” But when the going gets tough, his faith is a big comfort to him.
  • Pidge is more-or-less agnostic, but you can pry her Jewish cultural traditions from her cold dead hands.
  • The family keeps Kosher during holidays (most notably Passover) but they don’t really bother the rest of the year.
  • Except Pidge. Pidge decided at some point that she’s going to keep Kosher all the time because it just doesn’t make sense to follow a rule only part of the time. (See also: Pidge is totally autistic.)
  • That being said, Pidge is never about blindly following rules, religious or otherwise. If there’s one thing her family’s faith has taught her, it’s “question everything.”
  • Although Matt doesn’t generally keep Kosher, a lifetime with his sister has led to him reflexively turning down blatantly non-Kosher food items on a pretty regular basis. I’m not sure Matt even knows why he doesn’t eat Jello, but he’ll probably turn you down if you offer it to him. (And then turn right around and eat chicken Parmesan without registering the irony of the situation.)
  • In addition to keeping Kosher. All the time. In the midst of a family that does not. Pidge also has a lot of food aversions (see: peanuts). A LOT. Of food aversions. Many of which are Oddly Specific.
  • She also has at least a couple food allergies/intolerances in the mix. Hey, at least it’s easy to avoid mixing meat and dairy if you don’t consume dairy at all?
  • Cooking for Pidge is a delicate endeavor. Everyone’s pretty sure Hunk has superpowers.

As someone with my own laundry list of religious/health/sensory dietary restrictions: Jewish Pidge with a million dietary restrictions brings me great joy.

Today is Bituun, the day before Tsaagan Sar (Mongolian New Year)! 

Bituun is a much lower-key holiday than the celebrations tomorrow. Religious families may burn candles to symbolize a wish for enlightenment for all people. To start the new year clean, it is good luck to clean out your house, settle debts, forgive enemies, and of course make huge quantities of delicious buuz dumplings to eat tomorrow. 

In the evening, the old year should be seen out in the company of your closest friends and family.

I would like to cordially remind everyone that September 11th is also Eid al-Adha. This is one of the two holiest days of the year for Muslims and is celebrated based on a lunar calendar. If you see Muslims celebrating, this has nothing whatsoever to do with the September 11, 2001 tragedies and everything to do with a beautiful religious holiday. Please share, especially with your Islamaphobic family members and neighbors, who are sure to be just dreadful about this.

Trying - MC // Ramadan Series

Originally posted by popecalum

Hi guys! I mentioned earlier this month that I would potentially write a series of pieces centered around the boy dating someone who observed the month of Ramadan. There’s a lot of blurbs and pieces floating around out there of the boys celebrating other religious holidays with your family, and I figured some inclusion would be a nice thing. 

Word Count: 1276

In which Michael tries to understand.

Ashton // Calum // Luke


You laugh at the utterly confused look on Michael’s face; eyebrows furrowed and lips pouted to the side. Until this point, you’d thought he was following your explanation pretty well. Guess not. “So you guys don’t eat at all?”

From the other room, you can hear the quiet snorts and giggles that come from the rest of your family, followed by the quiet reprimand from your mother. They’re finding his confusion as cute and as amusing as you do. You’re smothering yours pretty well though, but you can tell Michael’s kind of embarrassed he’s just not grasping the concept you’ve been trying to explain.

It’s not his fault though. Michael hadn’t been exposed–really exposed– to the inner workings of Islam until he met you. And even if you weren’t the picture perfect subscriber to the religion anymore, there were still some aspects ingrained in you, some traditions, some practices you’d always follow. It was a big part of your childhood.

In his defense, he is trying very hard to understand. And the furrow of his brow is pretty damn cute. “You’re going to have to explain it to me one more time.”

You turn fully to face him, pulling one leg up onto the seat of the chair and tucking it underneath you. With your free hand, you reach out to pat his thigh and give him a reassuring smile. “Don’t worry about it babe, it can be confusing if you didn’t grow up with it. It’s fine if you don’t understand.”

“But I want to understand. This is a part of you, so it matters to me.” Michael insists, looking utterly frustrated with himself now. He runs a hand through his mess of hair, “I’ve been reading about Ramadan since it started and I think I get it but, I also just….don’t get it?”

A part of you wants to coo at him, the sentiment warming your heart. Michael’s dedication to understand just reinforces how serious he is about this relationship. It’s something no one has ever bothered to do before. Your mom crosses back into the kitchen, heading towards the fridge to begin making a meal for Iftar. She sends the pair of you a soft smile, adjusting the knot that holds her headscarf in place.

“Alright,” you start, shifting again to get comfortable on the hard kitchen chair. You can tell your mom is simultaneously eavesdropping while trying to look like she isn’t. “What do you understand? What don’t you understand?” You figure it’ll be easier to on the both of you if you don’t have to reiterate the things he’s already managed to understand.

Michael holds up his hand, all the fingers folded towards the palm like he’s about to tick them off a list. His raises his index finger, “First, you guys-Muslims-don’t eat for an entire month?” It’s almost right, but he phrases it like a question so you assume he’s asking for clarification.

You nod. “Almost, babe. Ramadan lasts an entire month. But obviously we can’t go a straight month without eating or drinking. It’s a day-to-day thing, from sunrise to sunset.”

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easter on 4/20 last year was such a struggle man. You have one family holiday that coincides with a religious one….now that’s blasphemy! This year is a lot different. im trying not to smoke as much so I’m only celebrating EASTER! my vice will be winning the Easter egg hunt against a gaggle of 7 year olds. This is shaping up to be the best easter ever

it’s kind of crazy how many people unfollow me on social media when i post something indicating that i’m jewish.

i’m not religious at all (i’m actually atheist) but i was raised jewish, and even though i don’t identify as jewish in terms of religion, i still very much consider myself culturally jewish. judaism is a huge part of my family’s culture and heritage. therefore, i celebrate and go to temple on jewish holidays with my family despite not being religious myself. 

i don’t feel like i should even have to explain that to anyone. i feel like i’m going on an annoying rant, but this has been bothering me and i wanted to say something about it because i notice it every time i post something about a jewish holiday. 

i really don’t care about the number of followers i have on any account and i couldn’t care less about people unfollowing me, it just makes me sad that in this case it kind of seems like the reason for it is because of my supposed religion.

sorry for the rant.