1. Travel
Send to a Friend via Email
Sharell Cook

Celebrating Christmas in India

By December 18, 2009

Follow me on:

Christmas in India
Christmas in India.
www.flickr.com user jackol.

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:

December 21, 2009 at 1:35 pm
(1) Maita says:

Wow! I really think they like christmas that much. I hope that GOD bless them…

December 31, 2009 at 5:56 am
(2) Goa Resorts says:

Very nice post. I am on vacation in Goa. Its lovely coming back after 5 years to celebrate the Christmas. I am very very happy to have my family with me for Christmas. May God bless all of you and I wish all HAPPY NEW YEAR.

December 10, 2010 at 3:38 am
(3) Indian says:

Christians account for 2.4 percent of the total population of India…Their number is 3 crores [total population of Indi is morethan 100 crores]…

In the southern Indian state called Kerala, Christmas is hugely celebrated as it has a sizeable christian population [20 percentage]…

Also Southern cities like Bangalore,Chennai,Mangalore etc celbrates this festival very much..

North east Indian states like Mizoram,Nagaland etc are 60-70 percentage Christian …Therefore, Christmas is big there too..

In central Indian or North Indian states, christians are very minority and it is hard to find widespread celebrations there…

December 16, 2010 at 1:30 pm
(4) goindia says:

Thank you! This information is very useful. :-)

Leave a Comment

Line and paragraph breaks are automatic. Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title="">, <b>, <i>, <strike>

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.