Christmas is a major Religious event honoring the birth of Jesus Christ, often known as Jesus, and celebrated on Dec 25th in most countries. It is also known as Bada Din (Big Day).
Christmas is derived from the word Christ Mass, and it is said that the first Christmas Day celebration took place in Rome in 336 BC. On this day, people exchange presents and have parties.
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History of Christmas
According to the Bible, Jesus Christ, the Christian god, was conceived in the womb of Mother Mary. Before the birth of Jesus Christ, Maryam was a bachelor. She was committed to Yusuf, a Daut prince, when a messenger from heaven appeared to Maryam and informed her that she would soon have a child and that the infant should be named Jesus. The angel said that Jesus will grow up to be a king, with an unlimited dominion and the ability to show the world how to be free of pain. “I am still single, how is it possible for me?” Mother Maryam questioned nervously, before the messenger told her that everything will happen by a miracle.
Mata Maryam and Yusuf married soon after. Following their marriage, both of them moved to Betelhem, the Jewish province. Jesus Christ was born in the stables one night. On this particular day, a brilliant star shone brightly in the sky. And this let the people recognize that, in order to flee Rome’s dominion, they had given birth to the Messiah, celebrating Christ’s birth as the birth of the nation. Jesus Christ taught the world about unity and togetherness, and he taught how to approach God. Jesus Christ stressed on asking for forgiveness and forgiving others. He even forgave his murderers.
Although there are several stories to celebrate Christmas on December 25th. Christmastide, a 12-day Christmas festival, begins anywhere between 7 and 2 BC, depending on the period of Jesus. 25 December Jesus’ birthdate is unknown, however it is thought to have been timed to the Roman solstice or the Makar Sankranti, with those claiming to be Christians subsequently shifting to the day. Because non-Christians in Rome celebrated the birthday of the invincible sun on this day, Christians wanted Jesus’ birthday to be honored on the same day.
Non-Christians worshipped during the winter season, when the sun’s heat has reduced, with the goal of hoping that the sun would return soon from its long trip and provide people with warmth and light. They thought that the sun starts returning on December 25th. Initially, there was a disagreement about whether or not Jesus’ birthday should be celebrated. Easter was the biggest Christian event during the time, commemorating Jesus’ death and resurrection. In over a hundred nations throughout the world, the Christmas celebration is celebrated with tremendous joy and excitement.
Is Christmas a national holiday in India?
Christmas is not a national holiday in India. In India, the Christmas holiday is a gazetted holiday, which means it is a mandatory holiday.
This day is observed as a national holiday in numerous nations. Many difficulties have to be overcome in order to celebrate this day as a Christmas holiday. Christmas celebrations have been held without interruption for the previous half-century.
Today, Santa Claus has become synonymous with the event. Santa Claus is usually depicted as a fat guy. The one who is usually dressed in red and wears a red hat and arrives on his reindeer to offer gifts to the kids. Without Santa Claus, everyone’s Christmas imagination is incomplete today. There are various myths about Santa Claus, and many people think that the true Santa Claus was St. Nicholas, the poisoner of the city of Mira in Turkey, in the 4th century. St. Nicholas was known for giving presents to the needy. People held him in high regard. As a result, the image of Santa Claus was born. Despite the fact that Santa Claus and Jesus have no direct tie, children lovingly refer to him as the Father of Christmas.
Tradition, History, Decoration, Symbolism and Facts of the Christmas Tree
All of the gods came to see Lord Jesus and congratulate his parents when he was born. Every Christmas, on that day, the evergreen fir tree is adorned and referred to as a Christmas tree. Binifence-Tyo, an English missionary, was the first to start decorating the Christmas tree. In the middle of the 10th century, it was firstly introduced in Germany. Many days before Christmas, people from all Christian groups sing carols and pray, and the birth tale of Jesus is depicted in churches all over the world in the form of tableaux. On the 24th and 25th of December, worship is continuous and devotional songs are sung. A birthday party begins on the second day’s morning. In churches, a Christmas tree is adorned to represent good luck. The inside of houses of worship are lighted out during Diwali.
Christmas has evolved into a social as well as a religious celebration. It is also observed as a secular cultural event by many non-Christians. On this day, all business operations are at their peak. Sweets, chocolates, greeting cards, Christmas trees, artistic objects, and other goods are distributed to family members, friends, and neighbours at this time. Everyone celebrates a cultural holiday on this day, and all schools, colleges, universities, and educational institutions are closed. Boxing Day is observed in the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth nations on the day after Christmas, i.e. December 26. It is also known as St. Stephen’s Day or Feast of St. Stephen’s day in Catholic nations.
What are the national holidays in India?
The three national holidays in India are Republic Day (January 26), Independence Day (August 15) and Gandhi Jayanti (October 2).