Best Christmas 2016 Celebrations Across Indian
By MEHER ONISA : 26-Dec-2016
In India, Christmas fever grappled with the tingling of the mighty midnight bells in the churches to crack the celebration of the birth of the Emmanuel, the Lord Jesus indicating the Christmas event which will culminate with New Year festivities.
Cribs were revealed marking the birth of the Messiah in the holy stable.
In India, there are over 25 million Christians population living in Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Mizoram. The midnight mass is a crucial service among the Catholic Christians in India where the whole family will walk to the mass followed by a traditional feast of sumptuous curry and food varieties. Indian Churches are decorated with Poinsettia flowers, candles and evening lanterns stars. Instead of the traditional Christmas Trees, banana or mango tree are also used for the decor.
XMAS IN HYDERABAD:
The Kirk Bells that started to ring 10 times with the tick of the 12 o' clock, the greetings of 'Merry Christmas' filled in the holy house of god. The prayers for peace and prosperity echoed in the mid night mass. On the spiritual Sunday the 160-year-old St Mary's Basilica in Secunderabad evidenced Xmas celebrations that spilled outside with the Hindus and Muslims hugging and giving goose-bumps to the Christian community brothers.
The aroma of the hot baked Christmas plum cakes travelled across the cosmopolitan town and savoured by all thanking the Good Shepherd (Jesus Christ) for blessing us with the abounding bounties of world. The churches, houses, mega malls and roadways are decorated with Xmas trees, steeples and lantern stars representing the birth of the redeemer who is the light of the universe.
XMAS IN GOA:
Goa is the smallest Indian state with about 26% of people being Catholics who love to celebrate festival while following western customs. Christmas Trees, lanterns and traditional Christmas Cakes that makes up the popular delicacies.
Lots of local sweets like Neureos that are the tiny pastries stuffed with nuts, coconut gets their entry into the Christian dining. The Dodol are the chewable coconut toffee like confectionary often relished in the Xmas meals.
The main Christmas meal course is enjoyed on the Eve of Christmas along with the western roasted turkey or chicken that makes their appearance over the dinner spread.
Many Christians in Goa also celebrate Epiphany while remembering the Wise Men meeting the Christ.
Archbishop of Goa and Daman Fr Filipe Neri Ferrao rendered a Christmas Eve message that was broadcasted over the TV across the state.
XMAS IN MUMBAI:
With majority of the Christians being Roman Catholic faith, Mumbai becomes one of the largest Indian Christian Communities. The native Christians in Mumbai borrow Christmas traditions from Goa including the star lanterns, Xmas tree decors, Jingle bells, manger scenes etc.
One week before celebrating the birth of Jesus, the tribal Christians from the western India goes out for singing carols and Christmas story telling all through the night.
XMAS IN MALABAR KERALA:
Christians in Kerala forms the second most majority after Muslims. The traditional Catholics of the Malabar coast fast and don't eat from 1st to 24th of December until the midnight service.The Cardinal Mar Baselios Cleemis had led the midnight mass at the St Mary’s Cathedral of Syro Malankara Catholic Church in Kochi. The Cardinal Mar George Alanchery of Syro Malabar Catholic Church conducted the service and pronounced the Christmas message.
FATHER CHRISTMAS IS KNOWN BY MANY NAMES:
Santa Claus has been given many names in India. He is known as 'Christmas Baba' in Hindi, 'Esa Masi' in Urdu , 'Christmas Thaathaa' in Tamil and 'Christmas Thatha' in Telugu; as 'Christmas Papa' in Kerala and 'Natal Bua' which means Christmas Elder Man in Marathi. The beloved Father offers goodies and gifts to the goody good girls and the blessed boys in India.