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Celebrating Christmas in India

Where to Have a Traditional Christmas in India


Celebrating Christmas in India

Christmas decorations in Catholic dominated Bandra, Mumbai.

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Christmas, the birthday of Lord Jesus, is celebrated on December 25 every year. Christmas isn't a major religious occasion in India, as Christians make up less than 5% of India's population. However, you'll still be able to find traditional Christmas cheer in many parts of the country.

How to Celebrate Christmas in India

Food, glorious food. Christmas in India is definitely all about eating! International luxury hotels serve up a vast Christmas buffets with all the favorites: roast meat (including turkey), roast vegetables, and deserts to die for. Most hotels in India will hold a special Christmas dinner of some description but it may have more of an Indian flavor to it.

It's also possible to attend Midnight Mass at churches in Christian dominated areas of India.

Where to Celebrate Christmas in India

Goa, with its large Christian population, is one of the best places to have a traditional Christmas in India -- Indian style! 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.

Christmas is also widely celebrated in Kerala and India's remote north east region (which has a surprisingly substantial Christian population). Mumbai is another popular place to have a traditional Christmas. The western suburb of Bandra is predominantly Catholic, but you'll also find churches all over the city. These 8 Popular Mumbai Churches with Midnight Mass are the most well known ones. Bandra's Hill Road also wears a festive look full of Christmas decorations, and bakeries overflow with Christmas goodies.

In addition, you'll find Christmas celebrations in other south Indian cities such as Bangalore and Chennai.

Where NOT to Celebrate Christmas in India

Feeling like the Christmas Grinch and don't want to celebrate Christmas? Minimal Christmas festivities take place in central and north India, as there are very few Christians there.

Photos of Christmas in India

To get an idea of how Christmas in India is celebrated all across the country, take a peak at this Christmas in India photo gallery.

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