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How do We Celebrate Christmas in India

Updated on January 7, 2013

This is how We Celebrate Christmas in India

As an Indian myself, Christmas season let alone Christmas brings a feeling of happiness & excitement in me. Even though India is a Hindu majority country, all Indians irrespective of caste or creed celebrate Christmas in some way or the other.

Christians across the country mark the birth of Lord Jesus Christ on Christmas Day which falls on 25th December of every year.

During the time of Christmas, most of the houses will be well decorated with lights. Even if all the houses are not decorated with lights, there will at least be a star lit with light hung in the front or at the top of the house.

Decorated Christmas trees are also common in most of the households during Christmas, although they are not as popular as the western countries. Another most common icon of Christmas found in houses is the decorated cribs (mangers) representing the stable where Jesus Christ was born.

Christmas Celebrations in India

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Decorated Christmas tree in front of a Xmas Card Shopee
Decorated Christmas tree in front of a Xmas Card Shopee
Christmas star on top of a Coconut tree
Christmas star on top of a Coconut tree
Christmas Stars Ready for sale
Christmas Stars Ready for sale
Christmas cribs
Christmas cribs
Kids looking for Christmas Stars
Kids looking for Christmas Stars
Christmas cribs
Christmas cribs

Christmas is celebrated with great pomp, gaiety & devotion!

During the season of Christmas, relatives staying in different cities for work or studies rush back to their home to celebrate it with their near & dear ones.

  • Christian churches would be decorated with lights. 
  • Carol singing will be organised from each family unit. There will be a midnight mass on Christmas Eve and when it becomes 25th December, special procession & prayers will be held.
  •  Everyone will wish each other a merry Christmas. It is also common in many churches to organise competitions among family units in carol singing. 
  • Crib decoration competitions are also held and the judgement usually takes place before Christmas. Prizes are given away after the midnight mass. 
  • For relatives who are staying far away, Christmas cards are sent to let them know that we wish them well & that we miss their presence among us.

In preparation for Christmas, a period of fast is observed from 1st December till 24th December. During this period, people will sacrifice something which they love to do otherwise, mostly by avoiding some food items like meat, fish etc. Hectic shopping activity takes place as everyone buys new clothes for the festival.

On Christmas Eve, ladies will be busily preparing tasty Christmas treats & dishes. After attending the Christmas mass, all will come home & cut a traditional Christmas cake. The cake is usually a plum cake rich in taste consisting of nuts, raisins, almonds etc. Wine is also taken along with the cake. Then afterwards a delicious meal is savoured by all.


In short, Christmas is celebrated with great pomp, gaiety & devotion!


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    • LensMan999 profile imageAUTHOR

      LensMan999 

      5 years ago from Trans-Neptunian region

      Hi divya, saloni, deepanshu and kristina,

      Nice to see your comments. Thanks a lot.

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      kristina O'neill 

      5 years ago

      happy holidays

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      deepanshu 

      5 years ago

      good morning

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      saloni 

      6 years ago

      cool article for u,,,,,,,,,,this article helps me in doing my work

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      divya vaid 

      6 years ago

      i decorated christmas tree on 25 dec every year at my home

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      GURVEEN KAUR 

      6 years ago

      GREAT ! I WISH MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OF U ............

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      A. S. Mathew 

      6 years ago

      When I was pasing through Bahrain airport during the

      Christmas season, it was very surprising to see the vast

      Christmas decoration. In India, people all religions

      show great interest to celebrate the birth of JESUS

      CHRIST, which gives them all some unspeakable joy as a

      great time of fun and joy. It is a time of sharing gifts, songs and smile shared with each other irresptive

      of religion. JESUS was born to the world.....for all religious people with the message of peace and joy.

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      SADEEP 

      6 years ago

      8 MONTHS AGO HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OF U

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      sunil 

      7 years ago

      Happy New Year to all of you

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      gurtey 

      7 years ago

      i like this

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      prateek garg 

      7 years ago

      Happy Christman to all of you.............

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      slideseven 

      7 years ago from UK

      Nice hub and interesting. Find out more about the Victorians, as they were the ones that started all the christmas trees, presents, etc. going that reached across the World. (on my hubs)

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      toshi 

      7 years ago

      i get very nice info from this

      thankz

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      shruti 

      7 years ago

      nice comment for this is it gives us knowledge.

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      AANCHAAL @** 

      7 years ago

      MY TEACHER TELL ME TO WRITE ABOUT IT SO IN MY SHOP I COME AND OPEN IT SO I GET IT...

      ...THANKS MY MIND!!

      ... I'm 1O YEARS OLD

    • LensMan999 profile imageAUTHOR

      LensMan999 

      8 years ago from Trans-Neptunian region

      Isn't it fun, Princessa ? Thanks for checking out what we have to offer in India for Christmas !!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      8 years ago from France

      I always wondered about christmas is India... thanks for this hub :)

    • LensMan999 profile imageAUTHOR

      LensMan999 

      8 years ago from Trans-Neptunian region

      Hello jiberish , Who told that this is in top 10 in google ?

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      jiberish 

      8 years ago from florida

      Congratulations for making Google's top ten with this article. Thank you for sharing!

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      robin 

      8 years ago

      This so cool!

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