Christmas Around The World

Christmas Around The World

Christmas Celebration: For the people who believe in the Christian faith one of the biggest celebrations is the Christmas in the world. The Christmas is only celebrated by the Christians only is a wrong assumption. The Christmas is now celebrated in many of the countries of the world, because the world becoming a global village. In the various parts of the world, the Christmas is celebrated in high spirits, as feasting, caroling and gifts are distributed along with wishes and prayers. Though the traditions, dates and mode vary from country to country, but everywhere spirits remains the same. Mostly, the festival is celebrated spreading over a week, in some countries it is a month long festival which starts on Sunday next to November 26 and ending with the feast of Epiphany the January 6.

Christmas Around The World

Christmas In India: In India being the secular country, the festival of Christmas is not only celebrated by the Christian community but by the people of the other religions as well, as the country houses every community. Though the Christians are in minority just 2.3% of the total population of India, but the observance of the festival is in no way lessens. With colonization of the Europeans the tradition of the Christmas celebration was introduced. Many of the European festivals and customs stayed in India though it gained independence in 1947. Now a day’s Christmas if most popular and loved festival of the Indian Christians. It is enthusiastically celebrated. In India the Christmas is observed on 25th of December every year like in many of the other countries. Nearly one week before, the festival gears up everyone. The gift shops and business stores are fully packed with presents, Christmas trees, ornaments and other items of Christmas decors. The midnight mass holds a great religious significance and a very important service on the eve of the Christmas especially among the Catholics, the Indian Christians. Local churches are attended by all the Christian families on the eve of 24 December to gather for the midnight mass. The churches are decorated with candles and poinsettia flowers on this night. Everyone enjoys the night with mouth watering feasts, mostly consisting of curries. The presents are exchanged and Merry Christmas is wished to one another. Many different languages are used to wish as the India is a multicultural country. Many plays depicting the birth, life and actions of Jesus Christ are staged in schools and churches and usually ending with singing of carols and hymns and the person who visit as Santa Claus distribute gifts/candles/toffees and toys to kids.

Christmas Around The World

Christmas in England: In England the Christmas is believed to have begun in 596 AD with the landing of St. Augustine. In England the traditional Christmas dinner is a specialty with turkey being the main dish with vegetables and sauces, fruity pudding. For English children it is time celebrate with their friends and families. Collect gifts from Father Christmas in their stockings or pillowcases they hang to their bed on the Christmas day. And the gifts are mostly opened in the afternoon.

Christmas Around The World

Christmas in other countries: Christmas is celebrated in many other countries like Canada, Czechoslovakia, Ukraine, United States, Scotland, Venezuela, Walles, Switzerland, Croatia, Vietnam, Chile, Japan, Poland, Malta, Romania, Portugal, Russia, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Nicaragua, Sweden, Norway, Cuba, Greece, Czech Republic, Ireland, Denmark, Finland, Italy, France, Iran, Germany, Iraq, Argentina, Albania, Brazil, Australia, Bethlehem and China but all have their own customs and styles but spirits remains the same.

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