On Christmas day many Christians in India celebrate this day as the birth of Jesus Christ which is held on 25th December. This festival is usually noticeable in the state where majority Christians are observed.
What do people do?
People carry out various activities during Christmas. Many of them attend special church service, wear new clothes, and spend quality time with their family and have and amazing festive meal. Many of them exchange gifts or give sweets to the kids. Small electric lamps are been decorated at the window. Even small clay oil burning lamps are used to decorate the houses. Some of them decorate the Christmas tree. In India, the Christmas tree is the copy of pine trees or bushes.
Many stores and malls put some decoration material and also have some characters playing the role of Santa. In the places of tourist areas, the hotels may be created to imitate how this day is been celebrated in the countries where the tourist are from.
On this auspicious day of Christmas, the national, state and government offices remain close. Even the Christian’s stores or people running their own businesses are closed down or they reduce the working hours.
The Christmas day is been remembered as the birth of Jesus Christ by many Christians. This is been celebrated on 25th December according to the Gregorian calendar. But the actually birthday is still not confirmed. Some of the scholars think that around 52 CE the Apostle, Saint Thomas introduced Christianity to the area which is now India.
At present, there are 24 million Christians in India. The state which has largest percentage of Christians is Mizoram, Nagaland, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam in North West of India, Kerala and Tamil Nadu in south and Goa in the west coast. In these states, Christmas day is been celebrated widely, while in others it is hardly observed.
Christmas day is celebrated as the birth of Jesus Christ who is the son of the God. The birth date is still unknown as there is little information of his early life. Many of the Christians celebrate it on 25th December whereas some of them celebrate it on 7th January. The word Christmas is derived from the old English which is cristes maesse which means the mass of Christ. It is also the celebration of the birth or the true light of the world. The customs of Christian’s holidays is derived from different cultures which include Celtic, West Asian, Christian, Teutonic and Roman.
In India there are various symbols of Christmas being observed. Some of them is as follows:
- Electric light lanterns and small clay oil lamps or burners.
- Various beautiful decorations which is made by Banana leaf and mango leaves.
- Branches of native tree of artificial pine trees and bushes are been decorate by variety of Christmas ornaments and decoration.
- Even various native scenes are observed with small clay figures.
- Even the statue of the Santa Clause is been displayed.
Above are some of the instances on how Christmas is celebrated in India.