Indian cultural association in January celebration of Christmas

Children enjoyed meeting Santa Claus at the weekend Christmas celebration.
Children enjoyed meeting Santa Claus at the weekend Christmas celebration.

Families from Boston, Skegness, Spalding and Grantham were among those taking part in Christmas celebrations staged by a Lincolnshire based Indian cultural association in Sibsey at the weekend.

The group represents around 55 families who enjoy cultural programmes akin to those held in India.

Evangelene Elias, Jeoha Johnson, Julia Mathew, Dani Peter, Hannah John, Merin Baby, Linza Saji, and Bia Binu.

Evangelene Elias, Jeoha Johnson, Julia Mathew, Dani Peter, Hannah John, Merin Baby, Linza Saji, and Bia Binu.

Association president Rengee Thomas, who lives in Boston, said: “It was good to have everybody under one roof celebrating a Christmas gathering.”

Children enjoyed meeting Santa Claus and the event included a wonderful feast with traditional Indian dishes cooked and served at the village hall. Some 120-130 people attended.

• The association doesn’t have a fixed base and members meet in one and other’s homes, apart from major gatherings. In September the group met at Boston West Golf Club for one of the best known festivals in Southern India – The Festival of Onam is celebrated to welcome King Mahabali, whose spirit is said to visit Kerala at the time of Onam.

Dona Peter, Evelyn Abey, Elizabeth Elias and Fiona Johnson.

Dona Peter, Evelyn Abey, Elizabeth Elias and Fiona Johnson.

Joseph Jiyo and Biju Varghese cooking in the kitchen.

Joseph Jiyo and Biju Varghese cooking in the kitchen.