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Christmas fever overwhelms the general mood in India

With the Christmas festivities on people across India are in a joyous mood. Everyone is just enjoying the aroma of plum puddings.

india Updated: Dec 26, 2005 21:25 IST

With the Christmas festivities on people across India are in a joyous mood. For Babu moshais of Kolkata, it is that time of the year when the aroma of freshly baked Christmas cakes and plum puddings can be found in almost all of the households. The confectionery shops are offering a variety of goodies to choose from.
According to the spokesperson of 'Cakes', Shantanu Guha Thakurta said Christmas is one festival which is celebrated by almost all communities and all classes. Most of the people opt for traditional Christmas goodies like the steamed plum pudding with brandy sauce, plum cakes, almond and Santa cakes, yule logs, tree cakes and iced cakes.

"Apart from Christians, we get customers from all communities and all social backgrounds, Bengalis, Punjabis and Marwaris are coming and participating to celebrate Christmas. So, not only Christians but all of them are coming to celebrate Christmas," says Thakurta.

For the gourmets, the specialties on offer include Eclait De Rubis, Blueberry Frangipane Lattice Pie, Stuffed Cointreau Chocolate Chiffon Dome and Sensational Baked Berry Cheese Cake.

Everything from plum puddings to fruit cakes, chocolates to yule logs and mince pies to santa bakes are on the shelves. Rita Mitra, a customer says, " I always prefer plum cakes because that's the best and everybody likes to have plum cakes according to the customs. So, we take plum cakes according to the tradition."
'Chocolate Hut' put up by a leading hotel in the city is the highlight this year. The 14ft by 8ft by 15ft Chocolate Hut has been made by made by three chefs who took 10 days to complete the fully edible structure.

According to Chef, Taj Bengal, Pratik Roy, "The hut here is for the last three years. We have been making out different themes for the occasion of Christmas. This is the combination of chocolate along with profit roles with which we make chocolate iclairs. This has approximately about 62,000 of iclairs and in order to make this along with my pastry team, we took about 10 days to make it".

Roys says," It is entirely made of chocolates. About 3,000 eggs, 75 kilograms of flour, 75 kilograms of chocolate and royal icing has been used to stick them. Everything is edible and that's the best thing about this entire structure. Even the calendars are made out of moulded chocolates, so each and everything is edible."

Chocolate Bas, chocolate overlap boxes chocolate trays and pouch dominate the gift items during this period of time.

Meanwhile, in Chennai, the joyous mood of Christmas is being commemorated in a different manner. Similar to the fashion Santa comes in a reindeer, passengers in trains in Chennai on Wednesday received gifts from Santa Claus in the trains.

New Life James Catholic Church in Chennai organised an event and distributed sweets in trains, spreading love of Jesus throughout the town. "We are distributing this in the trains so that we can show love of Jesus. This year we are planning this, we are doing this in a great manner and this is for the first time that 250 Santa Clauses have gathered to show love of Jesus," said Pastor Daniel, from New Life James Catholic Church.

For the passengers in the train, it was a pleasant surprise and a celebration of different sort." During travelling in train we meet so many people but today it was very different one. All the people Christmas Institute of Madras came here and celebrated with us. They enjoyed with us, shared sweets and it was a very sweet moment," said Usha, one of the passengers.

In Ranchi, the general mood in markets appears to be full of Christmas festivities. People are frequenting the shop markets to make this Christmas a memorable event.

Pradeep Kumar, a shop owner says,"Christmas is such an occasion that everything is in demand . Among the favourite choice of customers are the dresses of Santa".

The school children are enthused to celebrate Christmas. The Christmas fever is easily visible especially in missionary schools and carol competitions are being held among different groups. "It is the time of the birth of Christ. There will be carol competitions on the Christmas time," said Sister Welma, a Principal, Carmel school. Christmas in India is declared as a national holiday and people irrespective of their religion enjoy it along with the Christians.

First Published: Dec 24, 2005 11:25 IST