28 December 2015
Another New Year: Do Hindus believe in Santa Claus?
Juanita and Sussane Fransis came to Tomsk three months ago from Chennai. They study within TPU Master's Degree program "Networks and Communications". They told TPU news service about holiday traditions of their country on New Year’s Eve.
"We are from a family of Indian Christians, so we celebrate New Year's Eve on December 31 and Christmas on December 25. Our family is very large, but all members live separately. We gather at one house on Christmas and relatives stay till the New Year’s Eve. The main tradition of our family is to go to a church", told girls.
"In fact, we exchange food with our neighbors. We meet our friends, go door to door and sing songs. It is a custom to treat singers with food and drinks", shared Sussane.
The girls considered fireworks the most colourful Indian tradition: Indian people display fireworks from their houses roofs on the New Year's Eve.
"The main Indian New Year dish is biryani, though it's mostly an Arabian one. It consists of rice with spices and meat - lamb, chicken, beef or pork", said Juanita.
The girls believed in Santa Claus and they wrote letters at their childhood as many kids.
"Indian people believe in everything including Santa. We have our own history about him: There lived the saint Claus who was born on December 25. He was distinguished by nobility and sympathy for the poor, he handed out all he had to people in need", shared sisters - "So Indian people work as volunteers at schools for the blind, cook for the poor".
The girls will celebrate this New Year's Eve in Tomsk: they will gather with their friends, go to a cafe and certainly watch fireworks at Novosobornaya Square.
The information was taken from the website: http://news.tpu.ru/news/2015/12/12/24418/