Do People in India Celebrate Christmas?
Since most people in India are not Christians, do the people celebrate Christmas there? If they do, how is it celebrated?
Christmas in India
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In India 97% of the population do not celebrate Xmas. In fact in the villages of India nobody knows about Santa Clause. Some celebrations take place in the big cities among Christians only. In the state of Kerala there is an Indian version of Xmas celebration more like in a Hindu temple.
The fact is that only 2.5% of India's 1.2 billion people are Christians and the vast majority do not celebrate X mas. Thousands of villages have never heard of Christ.
I am not from India but I do know that in many parts of the world Christians do not celebrate 25th December as birth day of Jesus. In fact, when it comes to fundamental Christians (by that i mean people who truly know about Christianity and follow in black and white) they disregard Christmas as a pagan culture adopted by church in 6th century AD just to infiltrate the popular pagan culture. At that time, pagan rituals were to worship sun god with offerings that happened during the mid winter festival starting from 21st December and ending 1st January. Pope Julius 1 decided that as the church was not getting anywhere with the masses so giving birth day to Jesus and celebrating on a specific date would not stand out and would not be so much foreign with the people who would not let go their old habits of pagan rituals and celebrations. Hence 25th December. But many people around the world (I am refering to Christian community) do not belive and celebrate on other days.
What about santa? Well is is an extension of Chris Kringle, the famous personality who was famous for delivering gifts to poor people during the same time of the year and later became saint. His pet dog became the popular reindeers.
I don't know about the rest of the states, but it is celebrated widely here in Goa. Even most of the Hindus celebrate it, not in a traditional way though.
I celebrate it with my christian friends; help them build cribs and all. It's fun!
People in india do celebrate christmas.
It is celebrated by non christians too though not in the tradional sense.The mood is festive in india too around christmas.
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