Christmas is a Christian holiday worshiping the birth of Jesus Christ, who is believed to be the son of God. The festival of Christmas, which is celebrated on 25 December every year, has evolved over two eras into a global secular and religious celebration. The word Christmas originates from Ctistes Maesses, which is an early English phrase that stands for the mass of Christ. Today, Christmas is a much-awaited festival for families and friends to get together and exchange gifts and cards.
Christmas holiday in India is a gazetted holiday. It celebrates the origin of Jesus. The Christians across the nation celebrate the festival with joy and happiness. In a majority of nations, 25 December every year will be a public holiday including India. If 25 December happens to be on a weekend, then the immediate weekday can be considered a holiday.
The celebration is the most decipherable in states with more Christians. Christmas in India is a yearly holiday for Christians who honor the birth of Lord Jesus Christ. The celebration of Christmas comprises of several customs such as the exhibition of nativity sights, the arrival of Santa Claus and Christmas trees. Christmas is the major festival for Christians throughout the globe.
How do people celebrate Christmas Holidays in India?
Christmas is a special festival for Indian Christians who spend time with their families and friends, attend special church services, eat a festive meal and wear new dresses. The Christians sing carols, participate in special spiritual services, and decorate their houses with lights, flowers, Christmas trees and mistletoe. They may exhibit trivial electrical lamps and decorate their houses with mango leaves or banana.
A few people put up a genesis scene with a Christmas tree or clay figures. In India, Christmas trees are normally imitation pine trees or branches of native trees. A few malls or stores can put up Christmas decorations and have artists playing Santa. Churches throughout the country hold evening amenities before the Christmas day. At midnight, many churches hold special candlelight amenities. Santa Claus has been a special character in the Christmas celebration who offers gifts for children.
Public life on Christmas holiday in India
On Christmas Day, all state, national and local banks and offices will remain closed. Businesses and stores owned by Christians in India will be closed. They may have the reduced working hours. Those willing to utilise public transport facilities on the day may require contacting the local authorities to check on timetables.
Most Christians remember the birth of Jesus Christ when they celebrate Christmas Day. Actually, the birthday of Jesus Christ remains unproven. In India, there are 24 million Christians according to sources. The states that have the highest percentage of Christians include:
Tamil Nadu and Kerala in the southern part of India.
Assam, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh in north-west India.
Goa on the west coast.
These states widely celebrate this festival.
Top five destinations to celebrate Christmas holiday in India
Shillong: In Shillong, the Cathedral Church has been one of the oldest churches in North East India. The people from all over the world visit this city to attend the Midnight Mass.
Mumbai: Mumbai has been a great Indian destination to celebrate Christmas with friends and families. Malls offer attractive discounts. Bandra, Hill Road and Church Gate are the best localities to celebrate the festival in the city.
Pondicherry: Pondicherry has been the India’s finest destination for a traditional Christmas. The city is lovely decorated.
Lansdowne: Lansdowne is the best Indian destination to celebrate Christmas holiday away from the crowd.
Kerala: In Kerala, every street has wonderful Christmas decorations to enlighten your mood.
Christmas holiday dates 2018-2022
|2018||Tuesday||25 December 2018|
|2019||Wednesday||25 December 2019|
|2020||Friday||25 December 2020|
|2021||Saturday||25 December 2021|
|2022||Sunday||25 December 2022|