Christmas Carols -The Nepali Way
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KATHMANDU: Christmas carols are more than Jingle Bells that most of us are familiar with. In Nepal, Christmas hymns sung during
The Christian community all over the world celebrate December 25 as
As per the Bible, Christ was born in a shed in Bethlehem and the angels sang to the shepherds resting near the shed, about this good news. This tradition of singing the news to others continue in carol singing. Nepal is no exception where many
“We have 10 zones and we sing carols in each zone. Families of a particular zone and carol goers gather at one place. We sing to tell everyone that our Saviour is coming,” informs Father Robin Rai of a Roman Catholic church in Dhobighat — The Assumption Church.
Nepali songs like Gloria, Sundar Raat Pabitra Raat, Euta Tara and some English hymns such as Joy To The World, Long Time Ago In Bethlehem, O Come All Ye Faithful are catered which are accompanied by musical instruments like harmonium and guitar.
With two weeks of practice,
The rituals of carol singing also include praying and Bible reading. There is dance performance as well.
On the other hand, Koinonia Patan Church, a
As per Pastor Mangal Man Maharjan of Koinonia Patan Church, their carol singing started on December 7 this time. And they have been “singing about Jesus’ birth while exchanging good wishes”. People in groups visit
Singing similar songs, people like Amos Tamang of Ananta Shalom Church go for
“We are Nepali and we aim
Initially, there were English hymns only.”They were later translated in Nepali like
Even the Roman Catholic Church with a history of about 50 years in Nepal used to sing “Nepali hymns including Christmas hymns composed in Darjeeling” in the initial days as per Lepcha.
“We still sing those songs but we have started to create our own Nepali hymns including Christmas carols,” Lepcha adds. Along with him, artistes like Purna Nepali have composed those hymns.
Singing translated Nepali carols also prevail in
Lyrics and composition
There are different kinds of Christmas songs. The devotional songs in both slow and peppy pattern are about “Christ was born…where he was born…and why was he born”. In addition, Maharjan also points out, “Christmas songs are also about your feeling and experience or stories related to Jesus’ coming.”
However, Christmas should not be about “baby Jesus” as per Manen who doesn’t celebrate Christmas anymore. “Our Christmas celebration is more focused on baby Jesus as well as things like Santa Clause and some trees that are not mentioned in the Bible. Instead, Christmas is all about Christ the King, who was born to wash away our sins and it is an important fact.” Hence, a carol should have a deeper meaning and should depict the significance of Christ’s arrival.
Sharing about the composition of Nepali carols, he further informs, “They are seasonal songs. Some Nepali hymns have
Also, the kind of compositions
Sorce: The Himalayan Times – 20th December
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