The events that take place during the Indian Christmas traditions
The celebration of Christmas in India is very unique according to each particular; with the integration of the western culture, the Indian Christmas traditions have been known to be celebrated by everyone despite the country having a large portion of its population as Hindus and Muslims. This holiday is very important to every Indian in the country which is depicted through the various rituals performed during the holiday. The Indian Christmas traditions usually begin from the 24th of December to 1st January. The celebrations begin in the street with the singing of hymns and then the gathering of masses in the local churches for a simple preaching.
According to each particular region in India, the people living in the plains start their Indian Christmas traditions by decorating a mango or banana tree instead of a pine tree; in southern India, the Christians place lit clay lamps on their walls and rooftops similar to what the Hindus do in Diwali. In northwestern India, the Indian Christmas traditions are depicted with Christians walking in the street for a week night after night singing carols.
The other region that is most famous for its Christmas celebrations is Goa; the Indian Christmas traditions depicted in this region are a blend of Indian and Portuguese style. The celebrations act as a tourist attraction with Christmas mango trees adorning the market areas and streets. Banana leaves are used to decorate the households around while tinsel is used to decorate the shops and malls. A midnight mass is held in one of the local churches on Christmas Eve with the visiting of other churches and exchanging of presents happens during the next morning of Christmas.
In Mumbai, the Indian Christmas traditions begin from November with the first event being the traditional mixing of different types of dry fruit which is then mixed with rum so as to ripen for the making of the Christmas cake. In December, the streets are decorated with small Christmas trees and shining stars and a nativity scene of the birth of Jesus is created on the streets followed by the giving of gifts like pudding, Christmas cards and cakes to friends and relatives in the city which is the essence of the Indian Christmas traditions.