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Buon Natale Thrissur - Legal notices against priests

‘Buon Natale’ Thrissur had in 2014 entered the Guinness World Records for having the largest number of people dressed up as Santa Claus.

 
Thrissur: 

Kerala Catholic Federation has issued legal notices against Thrissur Archbishop and several other priests for conducting Buon Natale, a special Christmas carnival, which involves the participation of over 5,000 Santas in Thrissur.

Notices have been issued also against minister V S Sunil kumar, Mayor Ajita Jayarajan and other political leaders, whose names are associated with the event.

According to Federation president Antony Chittattukara, there was no such festival in the cultural history of Thrissur, and the first one was held only in 2013.

Federation also demanded that the details of the manner in which crores of rupees mobilized for the event was spent, should be publicised.

The federation president said that the organizers of the event had claimed that the money collected for the event will be utilized for various charity activities, especially construction of a flat complex at Kandanassery panchayat in the district to be distributed to the poorer sections of the people.

However no such flats have been constructed so far, Antony alleged.

In a story published in a local newspaper on September 26, 2016, it has been claimed that the Archdiocese has carried out charity activities estimated at Rs 30 crore. However the details of the amount mobilised from the public and the manner in which they were spent should be made public, the notice said.

Referring to the traffic blocks caused by the event, Antony said as per the `Public Ways Restriction of Assemblies and Processions Act 2011' causing traffic blocks in the name of such events are illegal.

‘Buon Natale’ Thrissur had in 2014 entered the Guinness World Records for having the largest number of people dressed up as Santa Claus. With 18,112 people donning the red-and-white costumes, the procession was declared as “the largest gathering of Santa Claus” by authorities of the Guinness World Records on Dec 27, 2014.

Source: Times of India

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