Christmas Festival India 2023

  • TypeType: Cultural
  • Dates: 25-Dec-2023
  • Location:Worldwide

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The earliest word for Christmas was 'Yule,' derived from the German language, which means the feast of the winter solstice. Christmas means "The Mass of Christ" or "Feast day of the Christ." Christmas is celebrated in December all over the world. Christians believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. It is one of the biggest Christian festivals. The birthday of Jesus Christ is solemnized with great joy. The birthday of Jesus Christ, the holy God of the Christians, is celebrated as Christmas on 25th December every year.

This is a festival of merry-making. The festival falls in winter and a few days before the New Year. The celebration is conducted with great adulation and respect to honour the Lord. People across the world celebrate it with great fun and enthusiasm. The festival is secular to all; any community can celebrate it with family members and friends.

Usually, Christians celebrate Christmas by attending events in Church, passing the time with dear ones, putting up new dresses, and eating a festive meal. After the service, the church bells ring to announce that Christmas Day has arrived.

HISTORY OF CHRISTMAS DAY

The first Christmas was celebrated in336 A.D. in Rome. This played an important role during the famed Arian controversy during the 300s. Soon after the controversy, during the early middle age, epiphany overshadowed it. Christmas was again brought back around 800 A.D. It was made a proper holiday around 1660 but was still quite disreputable. Around the early 1900s, the Oxford movement of the Anglican Communion church started, leading to the revival of Christmas.

The celebration is done to regard the birth of Jesus Christ. But nobody knows the real birth date of Jesus Christ. For the first three centuries of the existence of Christianity, Jesus Christ's birth wasn't celebrated at all. The birth of Jesus Christ is narrated in the holy Bible in parts known as the Gospels. The first Gospel tells about the birth, the second tells about the other part, and the last two parts explain that he is the messenger of God. Christians believe that Jesus is the holy teacher and the Messiah of God.

Most Christians remember the birth of Jesus Christ when they celebrate Christmas Day, but the birthday of Jesus Christ remains unproven. There are around 24 million Christians in India itself. The states that have the highest percentage of Christians include:

  1. Tamil Nadu and Kerala in the southern part of India.
  2. Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, and Arunachal Pradesh in northwest India.
  3. Goa on the west coast.
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PREPARATIONS FOR CHRISTMAS DAY

Christmas is a cultural festival. Preparations for this start early to celebrate it on the eve of Christmas. Christmas preparations involve a lot of activities. Christmas brings joy, from buying new clothes to decoration items to gifts to food. The common preparations include:

  • Cleaning the house properly.
  • Decorating the place with Christmas trees.
  • Decorating the lighting.
  • Hiding the presents under the Christmas tree in wrapped gift boxes.
  • Preparing varieties of delicious food items.

The Church gets dolled up to usher on Christmas day. Interesting skits and songs are performed on Christmas day. Traditionally, turkey is the common meal across the world on this day. Cards are also written to friends and family to wish them and to show love. Each Church offers specialised services on Christmas day. The Church is lit with candles and lanterns, and Bible reading happens; one crib is set up in the Church as well as in the houses of people to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Tiny statues of Jesus Christ are kept in the crib. The buildings and homes are whitewashed and adorned with snowflakes, stars, lights, and advent wreaths made of pine and ivy leaves. The Christmas tree is installed and decorated with colourful lights, shiny coloured balls, and sparkly ornaments.

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CELEBRATION OF CHRISTMAS DAY

On Christmas day, Christmas carols are played on radios and televisions. People start Christmas day by attending church, where performances and songs are done. They join with various families to exchange gifts and celebrate with food and music. Happiness during Christmas is like no other. Homemade traditional plum cakes, cupcakes, and muffins are special treats on Christmas. Kids are showered with numerous presents and new dresses.

They also meet 'Santa Claus,' dressed in a fluffy red and white costume, who greets them with hugs and gifts. According to the age-old tradition, Santa Claus arrives in a sled driven by reindeer and places the gifts under the Christmas tree. To see him, the children must behave appropriately, as he loves well-behaved children. Children hung up stockings in front of the fireplace so that Santa Claus would fill the stockings with nuts, raisins, chocolates, candies, and gifts. Families attend midnight mass and open their presents together. In the evening, a huge feast contains dishes like roasted meat and vegetables. The meal differs depending upon the family. A particular type of bread and cake is served on the table. A pastry biscuit called 'shortbread' is popular and prepared on Christmas Eve.

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IMPORTANCE OF CHRISTMAS DAY

Christmas day reminds us of the importance of giving and sharing. Christmas day made us understand that Jesus' birth was the beginning of great things in the world. It is an opportunity to think about nature and the reason for our existence. Christmas is a festival that people from all religions and faiths celebrate worldwide despite being a Christian festival. It is the essence of this festival that unites the people so much. Christmas day binds people worldwide and promotes unity among the people.

PUBLIC LIFE ON CHRISTMAS DAY IN INDIA

On Christmas Day, all the state, national and local banks, offices, schools, and colleges remain closed. Businesses and stores owned by Christians in India remain closed. There may be reduced working hours. Those willing to utilize public transport facilities on the day may require contacting the local authorities to check on timetables.

TOP FIVE DESTINATIONS TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS DAY IN INDIA

On Christmas Day, all the state, national and local banks, offices, schools, and colleges remain closed. Businesses and stores owned by Christians in India remain closed. There may be reduced working hours. Those willing to utilize public transport facilities on the day may require contacting the local authorities to check on timetables.

  1. Shillong:The Cathedral Church is one of the oldest churches in North East India. People from all over the world visit this city to attend the Midnight Mass.
  2. Mumbai: Malls offer attractive discounts. Bandra, Hill Road, and ChurchGate are the best localities to celebrate the festival in the city.
  3. Pondicherry: Pondicherry has been India's finest destination for a traditional Christmas.
  4. Lansdowne: Lansdowne is the best Indian destination to celebrate the Christmas holiday away from the crowd.
  5. Kerala: In Kerala, every street has wonderful Christmas decorations to make your Christmas day jolly.
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FAQs about Christmas FESTIVAL

Q.What does Christmas mean?
Christmas means "The Mass of Christ" or "Feast day of the Christ."
Q.What does Christmas Day teach us?
Christmas day reminds us of the importance of giving and sharing. The festival is secular to all, and any community can celebrate it. Christmas day binds people worldwide and promotes unity among the people.
Q.What are the common foods of Christmas day?
The common foods include homemade traditional plum cakes, cupcakes, muffins, and a pastry biscuit called 'shortbread.'
Q.What are the unique attractions of Christmas Day?
The unique attractions and activities to enjoy during the festival are songs, dances, feasts, and surprises.