Deck the halls

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Deck the halls

Any festival in India is synonymous with decorations, lights and lots of food. Irrespective of religion, people come together to celebrate every festival throughout the year.

    Bengaluru, the city that nestles many families from all over the country, is seen draped in the colours of the Christmas fervour. 

Chinnu Paulson, a student of Christ University, says, “Christmas is the season of joy, love, happiness and celebration. It is that time of the year where all that matters is to be with my family, the sumptuous food we make, along with fun and frolic.”

      She adds, “We started our preparations from the first week of December. Making the crib was the most interesting part of all. This is the time when we sit together as a family and try to recollect the real meaning of Christmas. We remind ourselves that it’s all about sharing, spreading love and happiness.”

For Vilitha Pereira and her family, keeping the festival simple is the focus. She says, “We like to keep it simple, we decorate the house, make cribs and decorate the Christmas tree with lots of lights. However, my sister donates some money to the school we studied in. The amount she donates goes to the students who cannot afford school fees, uniforms and books.”

Some like Jerrin Thampy and his family like to celebrate the festival in a more traditional way.

    He says, “Every year on the eve of Christmas we go to the church and attend the mass, after which we come home where a group of carollers come home and we offer them clothes, food and money. And every year my mother makes her famous plum cake with raisins and other dried fruits. We have already put up a Christmas tree at home and decorated the house for this special day and to welcome the new year.”

      He adds, “We plan to invite our relatives and friends on Christmas and treat them to a lavish lunch. Later in the evening we are going to an orphanage and donating warm clothes and money.”

Mamatha Kunder is also of the same opinion. She says, “Christmas is all about spreading love and happiness. Every year we prepare a lot of sweets at home during Christmas and distribute it to our friends and family. It has become a ritual that we follow now. This year also we plan to do the same. Apart from this, we will visit Karunashraya, a cancer hospital, and donate food items, blankets and other goodies to the patients.”

Amanda Chen, a professional, says her Christmas tree and her crib give her company as she is away from her parents.

  “For me, the idea of Christmas is to spend time with my family. However, since I stay away from them, I make sure I plan my leave accordingly for the week. But when I am alone I put up my own Christmas tree and crib here. I like to keep it simple and memorable. Usually on Christmas eve, we have the midnight mass which starts at 10.30 pm and goes on till midnight, post which we go back home and the entire family gets together for a special meal. This year, I am set to celebrate the festivities with my family.”


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