Indian people cook a variety of foods, including biryani with chicken or mutton, chicken and mutton curry, followed by cake or sweets like kheer. Long established Christian communities such as Goan Catholics have pork dishes and beef dishes as part of their main course of their Christmas dinner.
What foods are popular at Christmas time in India?
Some of the popular dishes eaten during Christmas in India are:
Some families exchange gifts or give small presents or sweets to children. They may display small electric lamps or small clay oil-burning lamps and decorate their homes with banana or mango leaves. Some also put up a nativity scene with clay figures or a Christmas tree.
Like Diwali, Holi cuisine heavily features sweet foods, such as gujia or gujhiya (from North India), a sweet dumpling stuffed with khoya (milk powder); along with savoury options such as dahi vada (from South India), deep-fried lentil fritters dipped in curd or yoghurt; and a sweet flatbread called puran poli.
On Christmas Eve, Christians in Goa hang out giant paper lanterns, in the shape of stars, between the houses so that the stars float above you as you walk down the road. The main Christmas meal is also eaten on Christmas Eve and is also ‘western’ with roast turkey or chicken being popular.
Though the majority of Indians are Hindu, millions of people still celebrate Christmas in India (called Bada Din, meaning “big day”).
The staple Indian diet consists of roti, rice, dal, chutney, pickle, beans and legumes along with meat or chicken or fish.
Numerous Native American tribes host dances on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. In many circumstances, the celebrations include a manger scene and a recreation of the three Wise Men offering gifts to the Christ child.
Christmas is a state holiday in India, although Christianity in India is a minority with only 2.3% (of 1.237 Billion) of the population. Most of the Christians, especially Catholics in India attend the midnight mass.
1- Merry Christmas! मेरी क्रिसमस! meri krismas!
The majority of Hindus are lacto-vegetarian (avoiding meat and eggs), although some may eat lamb, chicken or fish. Beef is always avoided because the cow is considered a holy animal, but dairy products are eaten. Animal-derived fats such as lard and dripping are not permitted.
Here are some of the most delicious Indian desserts that you need to try on your visit to the country.
2 Daily Meals In India, most people eat a morning meal, a mid-day meal and an evening meal with occasional indulgences of healthy snacks. The evening meal is generally the biggest meal of the day, followed by the mid-day meal.