Christmas is one of the world’s most popular festivals and people eagerly wait to celebrate it with great fervor and enthusiasm every year.
It is celebrated annually on the 25th of December. Basically, it’s a Christian festival but celebrated by people of other faiths too.
People wish each other and enjoy the day since it is also a public holiday in many countries across the world.
This article will try to highlight some important facts about Christmas to enlighten our readers and get a deeper insight about the world’s most popular festival.
What is Christmas?
Christmas is celebrated to acknowledge the birth of Jesus Christ about 2000 years ago.
Christians believe that he is the son of God sent to save the people of the earth and give them eternal life.
The actual birth date is unknown since there was not much information available about it in those days.
But even though there are some disagreements about the date, Christians across the world celebrate Christmas on the 25th of December every year.
The word “Christmas” comes from the old English word “Cristes maesse”, or the mass of Christ.
It is possible that the celebration of the “true light of the world” happened during the time of the December solstice.
This is when the days of the northern hemisphere grow longer and the Christmas customs are derived from various cultures including Teutonic, Celtic, Roman, West Asian and Christian.
When is it celebrated?
It is predominantly celebrated on December 25th across the world but there are some people who celebrate it on other dates.
Some Orthodox churches still use a different calendar for their religious celebrations.
These churches are located in Russia, Serbia, Jerusalem, Ukraine, and other countries.
They celebrate Christmas on the 7th of January. Some greek Catholics also celebrate on this date.
In Armenia, The Apostolic church celebrates Christmas on the 6th of January!
Earlier the major holiday was 6th January which was celebrated as the arrival of Magi which comes after the birth of Jesus and Easter which celebrated the reincarnation of Jesus.
But 25th December officially came into existence, celebrating the birth of Jesus, in 336 A.D in the earlier calendar of Romans.
The first day of celebration is just one day before Christmas, which is known as Christmas Eve.
It is celebrated on December 24, every year, according to the Gregorian calendar.
The second day is Christmas Day, which is celebrated on December 25 every year.
The third day is known as Boxing Day, celebrated the day after Christmas, on December 26.
Why it is celebrated?
Christmas is celebrated every year on 25th December with full enthusiasm since it is the most important festival of the Christians.
But Nowadays it is celebrated all over the world by most people even non-Christians.
Children usually wait for this day eagerly to celebrate and get many presents.
This is the cool time of the year for families and friends to come together and spread the joy, happiness, and laughter together.
This day is celebrated to remember the birth of Jesus Christ the Son of God who was born to Mary in Bethlehem two thousand years ago.
It is celebrated to remember the birth of Christ and enjoy the festive season together.
Where it is mostly celebrated?
Christmas is celebrated differently all over the world. Every country has its own traditional way of celebrating this holiday season.
While Christmas is now largely a secular holiday celebrated by over 160 countries, it was traditionally a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, and so some countries don’t commemorate it.
It is celebrated widely in the USA and South America including Canada.
In Europe, it is celebrated all over the UK, Ireland, Scotland, France, Spain, Switzerland, Norway, Poland, Germany, etc.
In Asia, it is celebrated in South Korea, India, Singapore, Hong Kong, etc.
In the Southern hemisphere, Australia and New Zealand are popular for their exotic Christmas celebrations.
In Africa, it is popular in Nigeria, South Africa, Congo, Ethiopia, etc.
How it is celebrated?
Christmas is celebrated with lots of joy and happiness as families and friends come together to enjoy their time together and chill.
Christians go to Church, sing carols songs and visit different houses to sing Christmas songs.
They give presents to each other and their family members. People set up Christmas trees and decorate it with the best Christmas tree decorations.
They also decorate their houses with beautiful Christmas lights which come in unique colors and designs including the sparkling LED lights.
They buy stunning Christmas decorations for home to create the festive spirit and make their homes beautiful for the festive season.
People wear new Christmas party dresses and celebrate their parties in style.
At midnight, many churches perform extraordinary candlelight services.
Santa Claus is an admired personality in the Christmas event who distributes presents to the kids.
People prepare several cakes and feasts, express their joy and happiness by singing Christmas carols.
Some people involved in charitable works by arranging meals, clothes, and shelter for people without a home or with very little money.
Who is Santa Claus?
The funny red-suited fat man who comes along every Christmas season to deliver gifts to kids is generally referred to as Santa Claus.
He is world-famous and depicted as a portly, jolly, white-bearded man sometimes wearing spectacles with a red coat having a white fur collar and cuffs. He also wears a red hat and a black leather belt and boots.
The real Saint Nick was a Turkish monk who lived in the 3rd century.
He was known for being charitable and selfless, eventually becoming the patron saint of sailors and children.
According to legend, he was a rich man thanks to an inheritance from his parents, but he gave it all away in the form of gifts to the less fortunate.
He eventually became the most popular saint in Europe and, through his alter ego, Santa Claus, remains so popular among the young generation, to this day.
So Christmas is a time to cheer and enjoy your time with family and friends as another year draws to a close and the whole world celebrates the birth of Christ.
It’s time to find some unique Christmas gift ideas to get the right gifts for your loved ones.
Decorate your homes and enjoy the festive season and the cool weather to have a great time and celebrate the festive spirit.