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CHRISTMAS 2018: Why and How We Celebrate Christmas?

Christmas is the most important festival of Christians all over the world. It is celebrated to remember the birth of Jesus Christ, who they believe is the Son of God.

The word or term 'Christmas' comes from the Mass of Christ or Jesus. A Mass service sometimes also called Eucharist or Communion is where Jesus died for his people and then came back to life. The 'Christ-Mass' service at that time took place after the dusk and before dawn on the next day hence the Midnight trend started. And this is how we got the name Christ-Mass….Christmas.

Though there are many interpretations, the traditional story behind Christmas celebrations is that parents of Jesus Christ - Joseph and Mary, reached the city of Bethlehem, but had no place to stay hence they were confined to a stable or shed where Jesus was born. And this traditional narrative is called - The Nativity of Jesus.

Today Christmas is celebrated by people all across the world, whether they are Christians or non Christians. Christmas is the perfect time when friends and families come together, spreading joy and happiness. People and especially children wait for Christmas as it is a time when you get and give gifts.

The celebration starts from the Christmas Eve or 24th December every year, as per the Gregorian calendar. The next day is Christmas Day (the main day), which is celebrated on 25th December every year. The 3rd day is known as the Boxing Day, which is celebrated one day after Christmas i.e. on 26th December.

Christmas is celebrated in many forms across more than 160 nations and billions of people. Traditionally, people decorate their house with stars, colourful lights, Christmas tree and of course the Crib.

Feasts and cakes are prepared and people also sing Christmas carols (songs) expressing their joy and happiness, welcoming the Lord.

Kids are given special importance in this festival, as they receive presents from their parents, family members, relatives and the famous Santa Claus, who has attained a mythic status throughout the years. Children eagerly wait for the Santa Claus whom they believe will bring presents for them by coming down the chimney and putting them right below the Christmas tree, on Christmas night.

As Christmas is about to come, we would like to wish each and everyone a very Happy Christmas!



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