Christmas, the biggest feast of Catholics all over the world rejoice as the month of December begins. While everyone begin to put up their decorations at home, Goa comes alive as decorations go up in every nook and corner. It is the only state not only in the entire country but also in the whole world that celebrates Christmas to the tee. Being a tropical state with sun kissed beaches, the whites love to come down and get their tan while celebrating the biggest feast of the year. Hence December is known as the peak season and prices and packages are at an all time high. Hotels, beaches, resorts, vacation homes are super packed. Cathedrals and churches design the crib, ready to bring home the saviour. With over a hundred churches, it is in Goa that you will get the real feeling of Christmas.
Notwithstanding that in other parts of India it is a lesser Christmas. But as Goa is inhabited by maximum Roman Catholics, almost every home has the light of a star shinning. All over India Churches have family day and other get-togethers for their parishioners. This way families come together to celebrate their grand feast. Sometimes even games are arranged for children of different age groups with snacks, where Santa comes in to meet the kids. Kids love to meet the big red man with a sack full of gifts. Even more because he gives them toffees and gifts. This style of celebrations is carried out for Christmas in Goa and other parts of India. Moreover the advent season i.e. the period before Christmas is spent in prayer and thanksgiving. Sweetmeats are prepared at home for Boxing Day and for all the guests who are to come. Every home even makes a crib to put baby Jesus in on Christmas Day. New clothes are purchased, homes are refurbished and happiness is welcomed with arms outstretched.

It is an interesting fact to note that the celebration of Christmas in India is held in a different manner in the various parts of the country. The way Christmas is celebrated in the North East is completely different from the way Christmas is celebrated in the South West.
Let us take a look at what are the various way of celebrating Christmas in India. Generally the Christians who live in the plains decorate mango or banana trees at Christmas time. Some of them also decorate their houses with mango leaves. However in some of the other parts of India, a lot of people use small clay oil-burning lamps as Christmas decorations. These small clay lamps are placed on the edges of flat roofs and on the tops of walls.

During Christmas in India, most of the Churches are found decorated with poinsettias and lit with candles for the Christmas Eve service. One of the most famous locations for celebration of Christmas in India is Goa.
In fact not only people from different parts of India, but also people from all over the world throng to this seductive abode to be a part of exotic fiesta. If you happen to live in a good luxury hotel in Goa, then the mood for the fiesta will be altogether different.
In a luxury hotel you can expect that expensive Christmas trees will be decorated with stars and tinsels, toys, plastic fruits. In fact, the best time to explore any place in India during the festivals is the evenings. This is because all bulbs illuminates the dawn making it look more beautiful.
Interestingly, Hindus and Muslim population majorly occupy India, and yet, Christmas is celebrated with a large amount of fanfare in this secular country. Christmas in India is declared as a national holiday and people irrespective of their religion enjoy it along with the Christians.

Christmas article authored by Sakina Kadiwala~ copyright

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