Yasmin Schwenke
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15. December 2023
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Let's Talk about Christmas in India

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We talked with one of our very own about how they celebrate Christmas, back home, in India! Here is how it went.

 

Kamala, how do you feel about the winter climate here in Germany?  

The Winter thankfully is not as severe and has been pleasant for this time of the year. Fortunate to see some Autumn leaves during the first week of my stay. The scenic drive with the winter fog and rain has been beautiful.   

You can see how the first preparations for Christmas and the Christmas markets are underway everywhere in Germany. Is Christmas also celebrated in India, in the Karnataka region? What is it like in Bangalore and Mysore?  

Christmas preparation in Germany is very festive and we can see the people in the celebration mode and are looking forward to spend time with their family.  The lights on the building, the little special Christmas gifts in the stores and the Christmas markets are memories to cherish. 

Christmas is indeed celebrated in India, including the Karnataka region. In places like Bangalore and Mysore, you'll find a blend of traditional Indian celebrations and the influence of Western customs. While Christians in these areas may celebrate Christmas with church services and feasts, the holiday is also widely embraced by people of other religions as a time for festivities, exchanging gifts, and enjoying decorations. The Malls are lit with colorful lights, Christmas decoration and theme are all over the shops and cities.  Companies also have Secret Santa with exchange of gifts under the Christmas tree.  We have a special Santa come over to greet our employees at WE India. 

 

What important festivals are there in India and how are they traditionally celebrated? 

India is  known for its diverse culture and rich tapestry of festivals. Some of the major festivals celebrated across the country include: 

Diwali (Deepavali): The Festival of Lights, celebrated by Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs. It involves lighting lamps, bursting fireworks, and sharing sweets.  The theme of this festive is conquering the dark (evil) by the light (good) 

Holi: The festival of colours, celebrated with enthusiasm by people of all ages. Participants throw coloured powders and water at each other, symbolizing the victory of good over evil. 

Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha: Celebrated by Muslims, these festivals mark the end of Ramadan (fasting month) and the sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim, respectively. Families come together for prayers and feasts. 

Navaratri and Durga Puja: Celebrated in various forms across India, these festivals honour the goddess Durga. Navaratri involves nine nights of dancing and worship, while Durga Puja is particularly prominent in eastern state of West Bengal. Various Strength of Women in goddess forms (Brave, Knowledge, Kindness, prosperity, etc) is worshipped and revered during this festival season. 

Ganesh Chaturthi: Celebrated in honour of Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed god of wisdom and prosperity. Clay idols of Ganesha are installed, and after a certain period, they are immersed in water. 

Pongal/Makar Sankranti: A harvest festival celebrated in South India, particularly in Tamil Nadu. It involves cooking a special dish called Pongal and flying kites. 

These festivals are marked by vibrant traditions, rituals, and community celebrations that vary across regions and communities. 

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