celebrated on December 25 every year. The Christians
celebrate Christmas or the birth anniversary of Jesus
Christ with great cheer and enthusiasm all over India.
People in their best clothes attend the special service
at midnight. It is a week long festival of feasting,
rejoicing, greeting and giving & receiving gifts. In
India it is a general holidays.
celebration starts with carole singing, visiting friends
and relations till late in the night. On the final day,
a midnight mass followed by the pealing of the church
bells, ushers in the New Year. In India, some big cities
and towns processions are taken out with tableau saints.
At some places special stalls are set up and fairs are
held. Christmas beautifully decorate their houses,
shops, establishments, hospitals, schools and churches
and illuminate them. They erect Christmas trees and
exchange greetings around it. The Roman Catholics do not
follow the ritual of decorating the Christmas tree.
Christmas is also an occasion of family reunion.
The members of the family, staying and working at
distant places join together in merry-making at one
place and enjoy themselves. The Christmas have made much
contribution to the religious and cultural variety and
richness of India. Perhaps the first Christians to land
here were those who fled persecution from Presia and
Mesopotamia in the middle of the fourth century and
landed at Malbar coast. Like the Jews, they also found a
ready asylum here. Thus, the roots of Christianity in
India are older than that of Islam. Hindus also take
part in Christian celebrations with their Christian
friends and fellow workers with great cheer and