Christmas is here! It's Kuswar day in Mangaluru

Richie John Pais
Pics: Ramesh Pandith
Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru

Mangaluru, Dec 24: The Mangalureans call Christmas Eve as Kuswar day. It is a day when Kuswar, the box of sweets is distributed to the dearest and nearest ones.

Christmas preparations are going on well in Mangaluru as in past years.

The shopping normally takes place days ahead of Christmas. Kuswar sales have been going on for the past two weeks. Last day is reserved only for meat and vegetables. But last minute people are always there in any society. Heavy rush is expected on the Christmas Eve day for Kuswar and meat shopping. Most of the shops in Mangaluru where the Christians buy Christmas related things are closed on Christmas day.

People who come to Mangaluru from around the world have already arrived except the people who plan to arrive on Christmas day itself because of holiday and transport issues. Most of them are from Bengaluru and Mumbai.

Kuswar prices have gone up by at least 15 % from last year while we are told that the inflation is at the lowest. It looks like only the price of Kuswar ingredients have gone up which the economists have forgotten to take into consideration.

Traditionally, kidyo, nivryo, gulio, chaklyo, thukdiyo, kokkis, banana chips, rice laddoos and cakes were part of the Kuswar. But of late with the influence of globalization, new items are added. One can add any savoury or sweets to the Kuswar basket now.

The midnight masses are not celebrated anywhere in the city. Mass timings on Christmas Eve are between 7 pm to 9 pm in most of the churches in Mangaluru. Bishop of Mangaluru Dr Aloysius Paul D'Souza will celebrate the Christmas mass with Fr J B Crasta and other co-celebrants at Rosario Cathedral at 8 pm.

There should not be any complaints on the weather part though it cannot be termed as pleasant. But the coastal region which witnessed unprecedented rains throughout November and early weeks of December has been seeing the brighter side of the sun. The maximum and minimum temperatures recorded this week have been between 32 and 21 degree centigrade, much above the lowest temperature of the year recorded in November. You may not feel like you are in a winter season like in past. But there is no need to carry umbrellas as no rains are expected this week. Probably that is why most churches have decided to hold open ground Masses.

Christmas celebrations in ashrams and old age homes by some associations have become very popular in Mangaluru these days.

Santa Claus has become a brand now during Christmas shopping and celebrations. Jesus is only remembered during the holy Mass and in cribs.


Mass at Rosario Cathedral will be webcast live on from 7.30 pm.


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  • Doris, Canada

    Thu, Dec 25 2014

    Wishing my near and dear ones and all people throughout the world across the miles from our home to your home " A Blessed, Merry Christmas and a Happy, Prosperous New Year! Will miss and can still taste the delicious Kuswar from my childhood days!

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    Wed, Dec 24 2014

    Wishing you all a Happy & Merry Christmas...

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  • Dr. Cajetan Coelho, Goa, India

    Wed, Dec 24 2014

    Merry Christmas to all.

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  • Hubert D'souza, Mangalore Dubai

    Wed, Dec 24 2014

    Yes I Tasted This varieties of kuswar with delicious items in Mangaluru. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2015 To All Daiji Readers.

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  • Bryan, Bahrain

    Wed, Dec 24 2014

    Christ was born in Bethlehem as
    Heaven sang with joy.
    Roaming shepherds came to see the
    Infant, wrapped boy.
    Several wise men searched for him.
    Traveling from afar.
    Mary wondered, looking skyward.
    At a bright, new star.
    Sacred was Christ child's birth...

    Sacred is CHRISTMAS.”

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  • Sunil, Mangalore

    Wed, Dec 24 2014

    The charm of yesteryears Christmas is not present today. Really miss those good old days of celebrating Christmas. Anyways Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2015 to all the Daijiworld Readers.

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    Wed, Dec 24 2014

    Christmas can perhaps not be complete without traditional Mangalorean sweets (Kuswar), Traditionally, Christmas sweets or kuswar, are prepared at home, with every family member chipping in. With time scarce, the practice of making a Big star and hanging it outside the house is also slowly on its way out. A few odd years ago, children used to prepare the star with a bamboo frame. The proliferation of ready made stars has slowly replaced this practice too.
    Christmas is more commercial and louder today. Merry Christmas & Happy new year 2015 to the daiji readers.

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  • Peter Pinto, Badhyar / Bankok

    Wed, Dec 24 2014

    Lovely sweet kuswar in Mangalore. This year we miss it and we are celebrating XMASS in Bankok with full Family gathering here.In bankok the decorations for XMASS and New Year` started 3 weeks past now.It shall remain untill middle of January.Nice place for holidaying.

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