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Christmas In India:

Compared to other religious festivals, Christmas is quite a small festival in India, due to the number of people who are Christians (about 2.3%) compared to people who belong to other religions. Having said this, the population of India is over 1 Billion, so there are over 25 million Christians in India!

Instead of having traditional Christmas Trees, a banana or mango tree is decorated (or whatever tree people can find to decorate!). Sometimes people use mango leaves to decorate their homes.

In Southern India, Christians often put small oil burning clay lamps on the flat roofs of their homes to show their neighbors that Jesus is the light of the world.

On Christmas Eve, Christians in Goa hang out giant paper lanterns, in the shape of stars, between the houses so that the stars float above you as you walk down the road. The main Christmas meal is also eaten on Christmas Eve and is also ‘western’ with roast turkey or chicken being popular.


Christmas In China

Christmas has been steadily gaining popularity in mainland China in the last two decades. In the biggest cities, it has been a big commercial success and a newly adopted festive tradition. However, most people in China do not celebrate as people do in the West…

The commercial Christmas has become a major annual event in the major cities in China. On the streets and in department stores, there are Christmas trees, lights, and decorations. You’ll hear Christmas music playing from the end of November, over the noise of the crowds shopping for Christmas season promotions. A Chinese “Father Christmas” helps to make the scene complete.

While most Chinese people don’t realize that Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ or attach any religious significance to the (foreign) festivities, many of China’s Christians celebrate Christmas as the top event of the year, outranking even Chinese New Year, preparing songs and activities weeks before.


Christmas In Jamaica: 

Christmas in Jamaica is very similar to everywhere else in the world with decorations and festivities.  The only difference is the climate and cultural practices.  Christmas is considered a time when families get together so Jamaicans living abroad usually come home to celebrate with loved ones. Jamaica is a tropical island so we do not have cold winters. Due to this, Christmas is considered a part of the peak tourist season as a lot of visitors come to soak up the sun and enjoy the festivities.

In Jamaica, the main event in Christmas happens on Christmas Eve: the Grand Market.  This is the most exciting day for everyone. It is a day and night event where everyone goes shopping for last minute items and every town is buzzing with music. Some sections of the towns are blocked off to facilitate vendors and shoppers. Children spend money on all sort of candies, toy cars, dolls, whistle, dolls, sunglasses, etc.  They also get their faces painted and get a chance to sit on Santa’s lap.


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