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INDIAN FESTIVALS

CHRISTIAN FESTIVALS OF INDIA

CHRISTMAS

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The birthday of Jesus Christ is celebrated on December 25 every year as Christmas. Jesus was born to Virgin Mary in Immaculate Conception. When an angel had told Mary and Joseph that Mary would bear a special baby, they moved from their home in Nazareth to Bethlehem (near Jerusalem) where Jesus was born. After the birth three wise men came to look for Him, bearing three gifts. Christmas is a major event in the Christian households all over India. A midnight mass is held at all the churches on the night of 24-25 December and people attend the church the following day too. It is a time for cakes and turkey, though most of the Christians in India substitute chicken for turkey. Christmas trees stuffed with gifts and sweets are put up everywhere. Christmas is also a time for family celebrations and exchange of greetings and gifts.



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