Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Significance of Christmas together with my greetings to all as envisaged & flashed by me on the f.b. on December 15,2010.

Bishwa Nath Singh
Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, the founder of Christianity on the 25th dof December every year. The festival is celebrated with lot of gaiety and fanfare all over the world.The festivities for Christmas will continue for ten days from December 24,2010 to January 1,2011 the New Year day. Prayers, plays, ...parties, carols and fun filled get tog ethers are a part of Christmas festivities. Also, associated with the celebrations are cakes, Christmas trees, gifts and Santa Claus. The word Christmas comes from the words Cristes maesse, or "Christ`s Mass." Historians claim that the first celebration of Christmas happened in Rome in 336 A.D. Early Romans, however, could not profess their religion openly as Christianity had grown up in blood and tears in Rome. It was only after the conversion of Emperor Constantine to Christianity in 4th century A.D that the religion came to be followed by vast masses of humanity. This community then felt the need to celebrate the birth of Christ as a festival.But different groups had been celebrating Jesus's birth on different dates like 6th January, 19th April, 20th May, 17th November, 25th December. By the 5th century A.D. 25th December got accepted as the most suitable date in the Western World and gradually the Eastern Churches fell in line with the west.

(Picture of a Christmas being celebrated in a holy home)

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Bishwa Nath Singh:
 Christmas is celebrated on a grand-scale all over the world. Christians and even the non-Christian community participate with great enthusiasm in the various festivities associated with it. Christmas celebrations vary in different parts of ...India. In some parts, small clay oil-burning lamps, mango leaves etc are used as Christmas decorations and mango and banana trees are decorated. . In the 1800s the tradition of a "Christmas tree" was widespread in Germany, then moved to England and then to America through Pennsylvanian German immigrants. This is a German tradition, started as early as 700 A.D. In the 1800s the tradition of a "Christmas tree" was widespread in Germany, then moved to England and then to America through Pennsylvanian German immigrants. When you think of Christmas, one of the first things you probably think of is a Christmas tree. In fact, the Christmas tree is one of the most recognizable images of the season.

Markets, homes and churches take on a festive air. There is lot of activity all around. So much enthusiasm is witnessed everywhere that people get high on the spirit of the festival. Balls, elaborately decorated Christmas trees, delicious cakes and Santa Claus moving in the streets distributing goodies to the children are the main attractions of the festival.

People decorate their houses, erect Christmas trees with branches hung with gifts and decorations, make cribs with figures of baby Jesus Mother Mary, Joseph, the three kings who come to visit the baby and shepherd boys and their herds grazing around depicting the scenes of Jesus's Birth in the Bible.They decorate the Christmas tree, hang stars and illuminate them. The celebrations starts on 24th evening with carol singing and the Santa Claus visiting houses. There is a mid night mass followed by the pealing of the Church bells to usher in the day of Christmas. On the Christmas day, people enjoy a sumptuous Christmas lunch. Christmas cakes and wine are served to visitors and exchanged as gifts among friends and relatives.Carol singing, get-togethers and the exchanging of gifts enhance the Christmas spirit. Christmas parties launch off celebrations for the New year, thus retaining the festive mood for at least a week. Children particularly enjoy the festival as they receive gifts from their favourite Santa and elders. They also love decorating scenes of Nativity in their houses.Exchanging cards has also become a very important part of the festivities. Besides markets are flooded with a lot of decorative items on the day. People of all ages look forward to Christmas holidays with lot of zeal.Let me wish all of my friends & well-wishers a merry christmas that we will be celebrating with great festivity on the 25th of December of this year!

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Anil Kumar Inspite of all the celebrations, if we could learn the lesson of DAYA and KARUNA, it will be real christmas.

Bishwa Nath Singh Let me convey my heartiest greetings to all my friend & well-wishers on the eve of Christmas with request to them to inculcate love, passion, wisdom, kindness & forgiveness in their life! May our holy father Jesus Christ bless us with all His bliss and forgive us for sin, if any committed by us!


December 15,2010.

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