SEASON'S GREETINGS | Kamala Nehru Park | Mumbai, India

Christmas is also known as bada din (the big day). The presents are given to one another and "Merry Christmas" is wished. India being a multicultural nation, many different languages are spoken there. In Hindi and Urdu, Happy/Merry Christmas is 'Bade Din ki Mubarak'; in Sanskrit it is 'Krismasasya shubhkaamnaa'; in Bengali 'Barodiner shubhechha janai'; in Telugu 'Christhu jayanthi shubhakankshalu'; in Tamil it's 'Christhu Jayanthi Nalvaalthukal'; and in Punjabi it's 'Christmas diya vadiyia'. In India, Father Christmas or Santa Claus is held to be the giver of presents to children from a horse and cart. Santa Claus is known as 'Christmas Baba' in Hindi and 'Christmas Thaathaa' in Telugu and Tamil.

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