Sisters in Jamtara are reborn into the culture of the Santhals
As the community Feast Day was on Sunday (Sept. 27), Sisters decided to renew their vows during the parish Mass in a very simple way. To their great surprise, the parish priest, Rev. Samuel Tudu and the catechist had a plan to celebrate the feast day in the Santhal tradition. On Sept. 26, Father Tudu sent three sets of beautiful traditional dresses (Panchi Parhan). He said since the Sisters are simple and free he asked them to wear this traditional dress for the Mass. They said yes to his special request to keep the tradition of simplicity and humility. He asked one of the parishioners to take them to the Church by car. As they reached the main gate of the church they received another surprise. The parish priest, parishioners, and the hostel girls and boys welcomed them in the traditional way, garlanding and taking them by dance to the church for the solemn liturgy with offertory dance and intentions. After the Mass, hostlers gave a colorful program and honored them with gifts and flowers.
Father Tudu thanked the Sisters for giving him a chance to celebrate the Feast Day in the local church. Just like Jesus Christ, the Sisters were also able to incarnate into the culture of the people by becoming one with them. Indeed it was a memorable day for everyone.