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Celebrating Christmas in India!

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India is renowned as a multi-cultural nation and some 2.3% of the population are Christians.  Because of the size of the population, however, this still amounts to around 25 million people!

In India we do love a celebration and many non-Christians enthusiastically join in the festivities.  Shops and businesses gear up for the occasion well in advance and deck their premises with colourful ribbons and decorations.

The traditional Xmas is commonly found in homes and businesses.  Snow may be in short supply but the trees are decked with cotton wool to give a suitable effect.  Many schools stage nativity plays and smiling Santas can be spotted around the cities.

Mumbai has a substantial Christian community, primarily Roman Catholics, and nativity scenes are frequently spotted in homes, together with giant star-shaped lanterns.  Christians in the Southern states have a tradition of lighting small clay oil lamps and putting them on the flat roofs of their home as a symbol of Jesus as the light of the world. 

Meanwhile, the Christian Bhil folk of the North West organise carol processions through the streets, telling the story of Christmas through the medium of song.

Father Christmas is a familiar figure to Indian children, delivering presents to those who have been good throughout the year.  In Hindi he is known as Christmas Baba while he is Christmas Thaathaa in Tamil.

‘Merry Christmas’ is the traditional greeting throughout the country but is pronounced differently in the many languages.  In Hindu and Urdu it is ‘Bade din ki Mubarak’, in Sanskrit ‘Krismasasya shubhkaamnaa’, in Bengali ‘Barodiner shubhechha janai’ and in Tamil ‘Christhu Jayanthi Nalvaalthukal’.

The language may be different but the sentiment is the same.

We all at Baburchi Cuisine wish you a ‘Merry Christmas’ too!



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