Christmas in India.
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It's hard to believe that there's only one week remaining until Christmas! It feels like this year has flown by so fast.
Although India isn't a predominantly Christian country, Christmas is still celebrated there to varying degrees. Goa, which has a large Christian population, is one of the best places to spend Christmas in India. Its many beautiful old Portuguese style churches overflow with people and Christmas cheer. Christmas carols are sung and many of the churches hold midnight mass on Christmas Eve. Christmas decorations adorn houses, streets, and market places. Beach parties also abound.
Even if you're not in Goa for Christmas, you'll still be able to get a traditional Christmas feast and special entertainment at most mid-range and luxury hotels in India.
I remember my first Christmas in India, way back in 2005. I was doing community work in Kolkata, and it was my first Christmas away from home. Park Street was festive and glittering with Christmas lights. My friends and I treated ourselves to a lavish Christmas buffet lunch, with all the trimmings, at the ITC Sonar hotel. It was decadent compared the environment we were working in, but helped create the feeling of Christmas. There was live music, and even an Indian Santa Claus!
More About Christmas in India:
- An Idea for a Mumbai Christmas Lunch
- Christmas in India Photo Gallery
- Where to Have a Traditional Christmas in India