Christmas is an annual international festival commemorating the miraculous birth of Jesus Christ, also known as Christmas, on the 25th December of each year. This celebration of love and renewal is shared by millions of Christians worldwide, spreading this message of goodwill towards others during this special time of the year. The spirit of Christmas is celebrated in many ways throughout the world, from greeting cards to gifts, decorations, and parties, and even in the way we dress up for Christmas.
Christmas, in its most traditional sense, is typically celebrated as a candle-light dinner (rose gloce et Joli); however, variations of this tradition are also practiced today. Traditionally, the meal is served around the table with a cup of tea or coffee at the end, and after this, Christmas parades are held through the streets, leading to some of the most memorable scenes in the history of the holiday. Christmas music, including Christmas songs, is played on radios, on television, and on the radio. Christmas decorations are put up everywhere, from doorways to trees to billboards, to mark the celebrations of this joyful occasion. The actual celebrations of Christmas are celebrated in different countries around the globe.
Christmas is also celebrated differently depending on the country. In America, Christmas is considered to start on Christmas Eve and culminate on Christmas day, while in other countries, Christmas is a national holiday that continues till New Years Day. The exact date of the celebration of Christmas depends entirely on the culturally-based customs of the country where it is celebrated. However, most cultures around the world celebrate Christmas on a Saturday, which is also known as All Saints Day.
In ancient times, Christmas was celebrated on the first day of Christmas after the full moon of Jan. 7. This tradition was founded by the Virgin Mary and followed later by Jesus. According to Christian tradition, Mary went back to Bethlehem to celebrate the birth of Jesus with her three daughters.
Christmas traditions in India began with the celebrations of Durga Puja, a special festival dedicated to the goddess Durga. This was the religion of royalty in ancient times and was celebrated with much grandeur and pomp. Durga Puja marked the arrival of the new king of the south, Aparajita Maurya, who was born in that city with a miraculous birth story. With the spread of the Indian religion, Christmas slowly got associated with other elements of jockelsitcs, such as giving gifts to children and servants.
During the 12th century, the Northern kingdom of Scotland became the center of Europe when Christmas began to be celebrated on Decoration Day, which was a feast of St. Nectaire. This feast included lavish feasting, dancing, and merriment. It was during this time that the English began celebrating Christmas with the arrival of the new calendar. They decided to change the celebration of Christmas from the old calendar to the new calendar by which Christmas is celebrated in the winter. Christmas became a public holiday in England in the fourth century, when the missionary Sir Thomas More wrote a discourse on Christmas to win back the souls of the heathen. On this day, Christmas became a family event and many families adopted the Christian faith and attended church services on Christmas Eve.
The early church documents do not mention when Christmas actually began. But we can easily make out the meaning of Christmas by checking out the events surrounding the feast of Epiphany, which is one of the biggest religious events that occurred around that time. This happened when the daughter of the Emperor Nero came to visit Egypt and was welcomed by the then king as a virgin. She announced that she would give Him something miraculous, but that year there was nothing spectacular until the advent of Christmas. The Christians celebrated Christmas with great pomp and glory as they distributed gifts to each other, wrapped their gifts, and distributed nuts along with candles to mark the coming of Christmas.
We are aware of the fact that the Julian calendar dates back to the second century before Christ. However, the Christian church chose to celebrate Christmas on the 25 December of the Christian calendar. The Julian calendar did not have a Christmas as it was not recognized by the Roman government. So, the Christians moved the celebration of Christmas to the winter solace of the church. However, after the decline of the Roman Empire, Christianity was officially established as the official religion, and Christmas was celebrated on that day as well.