Christmas is the most important festival of the Christians. Christmas is same for them what Diwali for the Hindus’ Idd for Muslims. It is celebrated on the 25th December every year with great pomp and show.
Why it is celebrated:
This festival is celebrated in the memory of the day on which Christ was born. Christ was the founder of Christianity. It is believed that he was sent to this world to save mankind.
Description of the Celebration:
Great preparations are made for the occasion. All houses and churches are cleaned and white washed. The walls are decorated with paper flowers, pictures, looking glasses and the wall buntings. All the Christians rich or poor, young or old take part in it. The shopkeepers who sell Christmas cards and Christmas presents decorate their shops with beautiful pictures and toys. They do so to attract people to their shop.
Planting of the Christmas tree:
The most important part of the festival is the planting of the Christmas tree. A large branch of the tree is cut down. It is planted in one corner of the house. Then this branch is decorated with little toys such as dolls, birds, flowers etc. At night candles and electric bulbs are lighted on its twigs. The Christmas tree looks very bright and beautiful.
Prayers and Exchange of Presents:
Then in the night all the children of the house are called in. All sing songs and offer prayer to God who sent his Son, Christ to earth to remove all sins and sufferings. After the prayer all the members of the house and guests are given. Christmas presents. Christmas cards, pictures, books and sweets are sent to friends and realities.
Feats and Dramatic Performances:
Then big feats are arranged. Delicious dishes are served before all. The house wife looks very important figure. She entertains all the guests. People prepare best food they can offer on that day.
After, the feast is over all members take part in music. They dance and sing at night. Then the festival comes to a close. All gather in the church to pray God that they may led a happy life in the coming year.
Christmas is a festival of rejoicing to the Christians all over the world. In the days of British rule all the schools and colleges are closed for fifteen days on the occasion of this festival.