Keep Christmas celebrations simple, urges Mangaluru bishop | Mangaluru News – Times of India
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MANGALURU: Many in the coastal city plan to celebrate a simple Christmas after spiritual and health appeals urged moderation.
Bishop Peter Paul Saldanha of the diocese of Mangalore, in a message after the commencement of the Advent season, requested the faithful not to spend money on decorations. The Advent season is marked by four weeks of preparation before Christmas.
“Instead of focusing on external lighting for decorations, we must think of beautifying the internal reality. What we think of spending on the externals, we must save, so that from this amount, poor families could be helped to celebrate Christmas joyfully,” he said.
The bishop advised against big Christmas cultural programmes and events. He said Santa Claus visits and carol singing should be avoided, so children and others don’t face any health risks. The Bandhutva, or Souharda Christmas, where the bishop invites people of other faiths, won’t be observed this year.
His message urged people to continue observing the tradition of Christmas sharing. He asked church heads to ensure communion was observed with health-safety steps set by authorities.