Christmas Festival in India

Christmas originates from the word Cristes maesse, or 'Christ's Mass'. The first Christmas was estimated to be around 336 A.D. in Rome. Nowadays it is celebrated on 25th December all over the world, to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

It is regarded as one of the most important of all Christian festivals. It is a public holiday in India and most of the other countries. People sing carols in the glory of the Lord during Christmas. They go from door to door preaching the message of love and brotherhood.

God sent angel Gabriel to a girl named Mary, a virgin. Gabriel told Mary that she would give birth to the Son of God, and the child would be named Jesus. He would grow up to become a king, and his kingdom would have no boundaries.

The angel Gabriel also visited Joseph and told him that Mary would give birth to a child and advised him to take good care of her, and not to abandon her. On the night that Jesus was born, Mary and Joseph were on their way to Bethlehem to get their names registered as per the rules then.

They found refuge in a stable, where Mary gave birth to Jesus at midnight and laid him in a manger. Thus Jesus, the Son of God was born Christmas celebrations begin with a midnight mass, which is considered to be an essential part of the celebrations, it is followed by merrymaking.

St. Benedict, alias Santa Claus, is a lovable legendry chubby oldie figure who is clad in red and white dress and rides a rein deer carriage that flys across the car. Children believe that Santa Claus is the one who climbs down the chimneys of their houses and delivers their presents while they are asleep. Santa Claus loves children and gets chocolates, gifts and other desired goodies for them, which he apparently places in their stockings at night.

Its one the most popular festivals and is observed across many countries. Here people decorate their Christmas trees grandly and present gifts to all members of the family. People go sing in the Church Coir and they will also attend plays that enact chapters from the bible. The day will be followed by very sumptuous food for family and friends.