Do they say Merry Christmas in India?

What are some Christmas traditions in India?

During the Christmas season, churches, homes, stores, and malls are draped in multicolored twinkling fairy lights, paper streamers, candles, and poinsettia flowers. Instead of the traditional pine tree, many families decorate banana and mango trees with lights and ornaments instead.

Do people in India believe in Santa Claus?

The majority of Indians believe in Santa. We have our own legend about him: Saint Claus, born on December 25, was very generous and sympathetic to poor people.

What does India call Santa?

In the Hindi language in India, Santa Claus delivers gifts by horse and cart. What do Indians call him? Those who speak Hindi in India call Santa Claus Christmas Baba; in Urdu, the words are reversed. He is also called Christmas Thaathaa, Christmas Thatha and Natal Bua.

How many people celebrate Xmas in India?

Compared to other religious festivals, Christmas is quite a small festival in India, due to the number of people who are Christians (about 2.3%) compared to people who belong to other religions. Having said this, the population of India is over 1 Billion, so there are over 25 million Christians in India!

What is the Hindu equivalent of Christmas?

Divali is the Hindu (and Sikh) equivalent to Christmas and Hannukah, as it is a festival of lights. When is Divali celebrated? Divali (sometimes Diwali or Deepavali) is celebrated at the end of October, beginning of November time.

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