How Hindu Widows Celebrated Christmas

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Although the Vrindavan widows have dedicated their lives to worshipping the Lord Krishna of Hindu religion, they were seen singing Christmas carols in Santa Claus hats as they happily participated in Christmas festivities for the first time.

The widows of Vrindavan in India depend on the charity of organizations like Sulabh International for their food, shelter, and clothing, after being abandoned by their families and society in general. Although these women have dedicated their lives to worshipping the Lord Krishna of Hindu religion, they were seen singing Christmas carols in Santa Claus hats as they happily participated in Christmas festivities.

In their 70s and 80s, the widows had just finished celebrating the Hindu holidays of Diwali and Durga Puja. Sulabh International then sponsored this Christian celebration.

Until they began receiving help a few years prior, their existence – marked by mental and physical abuse – was extremely heartbreaking. After passing of their husbands, they were thrown away and not supposed to be happy or enjoy life as even things like colorful clothes and select foods were forbidden.

For the first time, they were allowed to participate in the Yuletide tradition and made candles that they will light on Christmas day. In addition to singing and wearing holiday dress, they enjoyed sweets and danced.

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