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Christmas in India like no where else!

December 24th 2008 06:48
Christmas with a banana tree!
Have you ever decorated a Banana tree instead of Pine on Christmas? Well, if not then come to India to witness such abnormalities during Christmas and also to be completely enchanted by the uniqueness of Christmas celebration here.

Christmas in India is more like another big occasion to splurge, have fun and celebrate. Although 80% of the population believes in Hindu religion here, that in no way dithers people from celebrating Christmas. Because the number of Christians may be few in this country but the spirit of Christmas can be seen in each and every person who waits in anticipation for this festival. Be it school kids or adults, you can see the whole country suddenly brimming with activity. Some are buying loads of gifts; some are eying the chocolates, some busy buying decorations and some cleaning their homes for the big party.

Here are some things that make Christmas celebration in India totally different from the rest of the world,

1. The Bhil Tribe in Northern India, many of whom have converted to Christianity, still enjoy the festivities in their own traditional way by performing a circular rhythmic dance.

2. Like the diwali festival, people all over the country do not use electric bulbs but earthen lamps instead to enlighten their homes.

3. Cakes and cookies are made but all adding to the delicious Christmas treats are homemade Indian sweets that no one else in the world can ever think of preparing for Christmas.

4. Pine tree are not commonly found in all parts of India, therefore people have substituted that for the more common banana or mango trees for the christmas decorations.

5. Some home decorate the door of their homes with mango leaf garlands.

6. You can easily find a hindu student playing the role of Mother Mary or a Muslim student cast as Jesus Christ in school plays during this time. These are done to encourage students to know more about all the religions and strenthen the communal harmony.

Unquestionably, Chritmas like all other festivals celebrated in this land of diversities acts as a strong symbol of secularism and harmony.


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