Christmas is an important festival of Christian community. It is celebrated on 25th December as this is the birth date of Lord Jesus Christ. This is the grand festival celebrated all around the world. The festival spreads the message of love and brotherhood. It is the religious festival of Christians but in India we can see that this festival is celebrated by all communities and religions. Indian government has declared public holiday on christmas.
The celebration and the preparations for this lovely festival start in the month of November only. Shopping malls and shops declare heavy discounts on various items. The Christmas gifts and decoration items are displayed in almost each shop. The week before the festival people clean their house and start decorating it. Beautiful lanterns are hung in front of the house or in the balcony before few days of Christmas. The major attractions of Christmas festival are variety of cakes, beautiful candles, Christmas carol and Christmas tree. We can see the wonderfully decorated churches and other public places on the occasion of Christmas. On the festival day that is on 25th December Christian people offer special prayers in the church and meet and greet every one. They exchange wishes and lots of love with each other. The elders give blessings and gifts to the youngsters in the family. After the prayer many types of cultural programs are organized in many places. People participate and enjoy every moment of their Lord's birthday.
Christmas gifts from santa clause
The tradition of Santa Clause is famous among the kids. Santa clause brings lots of gifts, sweets and chocolates for children. Children love and wait for this kind and loving Santa eagerly. Children keep an empty sock near their bed on early night and believe that Santa will come and fill their socks with gifts and chocolates. Like Diwali, Christmas is another grand festival which is the symbol of our national unity. The people of all religions and communities happily and splendidly enjoy the celebration of the festival. It proves that the Christian community is the essential part of our India. We can find a large number of Christian populations in India.
Christmas decoration and special recipes
In India it is difficult to find pine tree so people decorate banana or mango trees. Trees are decorated with electric lamps and ribbons. Houses are decorated with candles and lamps. Churches are decorated with flowers and candles. In south India a large number of Christians are found so here you can find a huge festivity for Christmas. People in India prefer to visit Goa to celebrate Christmas. Not only India but the visitors from all over the world visit Goa for celebration. During Christmas days it is difficult to get hotel reservation in Goa. Parties and programs are conducted and enjoyed everywhere and people take pleasure in each and every moment of the celebration.
Christmas cards are the inseparable part of the festival. People send wishes through the greeting cards on festive occasion. Along with the greetings people give gifts to each other to show their love and care for them. People start selecting and purchasing the gifts for their loved ones many days before the festival. Christmas recipes include variety of cakes and cookies. The plum cake is the main attraction of this festival. The cakes made with fruits and dry fruits are loved by everyone
Flag hoisting, National Anthem song play and parade ceremonies including other cultural programmes takes place in almost all the governmental and non-governmental institutions, educational institutions, some of the private institutions all through the country. In the schools and colleges the national flag is hoisted by the school or college Principal and parade and cultural events are carried out by the students. At this day, government offices, buildings, etc gets adorned with the electric lights, flowers and other decorative things. Different sizes of the national flags are used by the people to symbolize faithfulness and commitment to the country.