Welcome To Christmas Around The World
Learn How Other Children Celebrate Christmas From Different Countries!
Say Merry Christmas in India
Hindi - Śubh krisamas (शुभ क्रिसमस)
Urdu - krismas mubarak (کرسمس)
Sanskrit - Krismasasya shubhkaamnaa
Gujarati - Anandi Natal or Khushi Natal (આનંદી નાતાલ)
Bengali - shubho bôṛodin (শুভ বড়দিন)
Tamil - kiṟistumas vāḻttukkaḷ
KonKani - Khushal Borit Natala
Kannada - kris mas habbada shubhaashayagalu
(ಕ್ರಿಸ್ ಮಸ್ ಹಬ್ಬದ ಶುಭಾಷಯಗಳು)
Mizo - Krismas Chibai
Marathi - Śubh Nātāḷ
Punjabi - karisama te nawāṃ sāla khušayāṃwālā hewe
(ਕਰਿਸਮ ਤੇ ਨਵਾੰ ਸਾਲ ਖੁਸ਼ਿਯਾੰਵਾਲਾ ਹੋਵੇ)
Malayalam - Christmas inte mangalaashamsakal
Telugu - Christmas Subhakankshalu
Christians in India decorate mango or banana trees at Christmas time. Sometimes they also decorate their houses with mango leaves. In some parts of India, small clay oil-burning lamps are used as Christmas decorations; they are placed on the edges of flat roofs and on the tops of walls. Churches are decorated with poinsettias and lit with candles for the Christmas Evening service.
A tradition is a specific practice of long standing in which unwritten customs and practices are passed from one generation to the next. Traditions and customs form part of a country's culture and heritage. The following information provides some fast, interesting facts about customs and Christmas traditions in India:
Less than 2.5% of Indians are Christians but many Christmas traditions were passed to India because India was British colony till 1947
India celebrates almost all festivals that are celebrated by all religions over the whole world
Christmas often coincides with the Winter Solstice which is celebrated in India and is called Makar Sakranti. During this special time sweets are prepared and distributed to the family
Christmas and the New Year is officially celebrated at the Rashtrapati Bhavan by the President of India. Rashtrapati Bhavan means 'President House' and is the official residence of the President of India which located in New Delhi
Christmas is also known as bada din meaning 'the big day'
Gifts are given by Santa Claus brings to many good Indian children.
Christmas Traditions in India - The Food!
What do people eat in other countries at this special time of the year? Festive feasts and recipes are traditional for special occasions including family dinners and meals. Interesting facts about the special food eaten as part of the customs and Christmas traditions in India:
Community feasting, called Lengkhawn Zai, is enjoyed by many Indians
Homemade cookies are eaten
Main meals include mutton stews and roast meats including duck
Athirasam, a sweet made in South India especially during festivals are popular in India as is Christmas Pudding