Nativity Scene Not Part of Multicultural Display

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The Hindu snowmen displayed on the lawn at Westminster Abbey as part of a multicultural Christmas display, were not included in the traditional nativity scene, a church spokesman says.

A report in the London Telegraph last week detailed Anglican church leaders' attempts to make Christmas a more multicultural event, including the unveiling of two-life sized 'Hindu snowmen' on the lawn at Westminster Abbey.

Children from the London Sivan Kovil Hindu temple brought the two figures dressed in traditional Indian garb to demonstrate that people of different faiths can celebrate other religious festivals, according to the UK publication, Third Sector.

The children also observe traditional Hindu festivals, such as Diwali.

"We've done this as it creates a good opportunity for Christians to meet and hear about the stories of people of other faiths," Rev Jane Hedges a canon at the abbey said. "Wherever you're coming from there should be something to celebrate at Christmas."

However, a church spokesperson has clarified that the snowmen were not included in the nativity.

"There is no multicultural aspect to our crib, said Jeffrey Duncan, head of communications for Westminster Abbey.

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