Christmas falls on the 25th December every year and is celebrated with great enthusiasm by our Christian society. It is the date when Jesus Christ was born. Hence this festival is like Janamastami of the Hindus.
In almost all over the world, Christmas is the biggest event of the year and for members of the Christian religion it is an important day on the religious calender.
Christmas is a day of merry-making. The christain clean their houses and decorate it with light, candles and banners etc. They have crosses made of wood or metal. They attend special prayers in the Church.
The Churches are decorated with electric bulbs and candles. All the family members decorate Christmas tree with toys, decorative lights, balloons and candles. Children look very happy. They believe that Santa Claus will come in his sleigh pulled by reindeers and will give toys and gifts to them. Santa Claus, thus, becomes the special attraction for the children.
The Christians exchange gifts with their friends and relatives. They hold parties and dinners on the occasion of this auspicious day. They sing Christmas Hymns and Christmas carols. They wish ‘Merry Christmas’ to each other and enjoy tasty cakes.
There is a tradition of sending Christmas greetings and cards to friends and relatives on this occasion. As it is a festival of birth celebration, it symbolises happiness and joy. It makes the people remember Lord Jesus who as they think, has been sent to save them from sin and misery. It is noteworthy here that Jesus Christ proved himself the saviour of the entire Christian community.
He saved them no doubt but on the cost of his life. He was crucified on the Cross. Thus, this festival gives a message to the entire humanity to lead a noble life of prayer, love and sacrifice.
The festival comes to an end late at night amidst fun and laughter. Almost all the Christians gather in the church to pray to God. They pray that they may lead a happy life in the coming year with the blessings of God.
There is a Government holiday on this occasion. In schools and colleges students enjoy one week holidays.
Overall, Christmas imparts a feeling of oneness and joy in everyone’s heart as it brings family members, friends and relatives of all cultures of the world together. It is a joyful occasion and hence celebrated with great pomp and show.