Mangaluru, Dec 16, 2016: Christmas is surely round the corner, there is a joyous and celebratory mood in Udupi district and all around. Shops are displaying stars, cribs statutes and decorations. The construction of big cribs is a tradition here. Many bakeries are also displaying varieties of cakes and sweets.
Preparation of “kuswar” or special delicacies prepared for Christmas in homes is yet another highlight of this festival. Many Christians start preparing “kuswar” about a week before Christmas, according to knowledgeable sources.
Over 30 members belonging to the Kundapur-Udupi chapter of United Christian Association and Christian self-help groups gathered at one to prepare kuswar in different places. They prepared various items such as rice laddus (see picture), “nevri,” “kukkisam,” “karakaddi,” “chakkuli” and others. Nowadays, many people are dependent on bakeries for Christmas sweets and snacks. Many attempts are now being made to make the younger generation aware of the tradition of preparing kuswar. This is one such effort said a member of the association.
This programme of preparation of kuswar for the last six years. Preparation of kuswar is part of our culture. The members have been cooperating on the occasion and it is seen that a better community spirit prevails.