Babushka instead of Santa: A women-centric Xmas celebration in Pathanamthitta

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Christmas carol from Saint Stephen’s Orthodox church in Kurisumuttom | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Ranni: The believers who were awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus with the Christmas Carol of Saint Stephen’s Orthodox church in Kurisumuttom were puzzled when they saw Babushka instead of Santa. Women are leading the Christmas celebrations of the church this time.

The myth of Babushka emerged from the tales of bishop St Nicholas. Russian literature has presented a female character Babushka instead of Santa Claus. The Russian term Babushka means ‘old grandmother’.

Babushka was believed to be an old woman who followed the three wise men to see baby Jesus. However, Babushka could not meet Jesus as Joseph and Mary migrated to Egypt from Bethlehem in fear of Herod. It has been believed that Babushka is still searching for a glimpse of the baby Jesus and arrive with gifts for children every year during the period of Christmas.

The carol team of St Stephen’s Church aims to introduce Babushka, who is not much familiar for Keralites. Along with this, the church has been conducting seminars, and competitions based on the women’s perspective of Christmas.

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