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Christmas Joy and Festivities in India

By Anusha

The vast lands of India continue to mesmerise people across the world with its vast array of religions, cultures and traditions. People in India are as diverse as the land itself! This also means that a variety of festivals are celebrated in the country across the year. Some festivals are popular only in a particular region such as the Vishu in Kerala, a few others are celebrated across the country by different names such as Pongal, also celebrated as Makar Shankranti and Lohri. Certain festivals are celebrated across the country with much fervour such as Diwali and Christmas.

Christmas is a grand affair in parts of India where the Christian population is higher, but regardless of this all cities and towns come together to celebrate this wonderful day. Churches are decked up and masses go on through the night, candles are lit, Christmas trees are decorated, presents and new clothes are bought, Santas get ready to enthral the kids and homes are decked up with lights and assortment of goodies. Sounds like great fun? Take a look!

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Santa Cruz Basilica Cathedral

Santa Cruz Basilica Cathedral

The lovely Santa Cruz Basilica Cathedral beautifully lit up by the sunlight.

Photo Courtesy: Connie Ma

Christ Church, Shimla

Christ Church, Shimla

Lighting the way is the lovely Christ Church in Shimla.

Photo Courtesy: Samir Azad

Santa Comes Calling, Kerala

Santa Comes Calling, Kerala

Children look forward eagerly to Santa's presents.

Photo Courtesy: Tommy

Starry Night

Starry Night

Stars of all patterns and hues take a prominent place in all homes across the country.

Photo Courtesy: Natesh Ramasamy

Sparklers

Sparklers

Firecrackers also find place in the festivities.

Photo Courtesy: Bernard Oh

Busy Streets, Mumbai

Busy Streets, Mumbai

Streets fill up with Christmas ware.

Photo Courtesy: Satish Krishnamurthy

Santhome Church, Chennai

Santhome Church, Chennai

The stunning interiors of Santhome Church in Chennai.

Photo Courtesy: Vinoth Chandar

Santhome Basilica , Chennai

Santhome Basilica , Chennai

A place of hope, faith and fresh starts.

Photo Courtesy: Vinoth Chandar

St. Andrew's Forane Church of Arthunkal

St. Andrew's Forane Church of Arthunkal

Stunning architecture on display at the St. Andrew's Forane Church of Arthunkal.

Photo Courtesy: Challiyil Eswaramangalath Pavithran Vipin

Saint Mary's church, Niranam

Saint Mary's church, Niranam

Ancient beauty of the Saint Mary's Church at Niranam in Kerala.

Photo Courtesy: P Das Arayil

Our Lady of Ransome Church

Our Lady of Ransome Church

The beautiful our Lady of Ransome Church in Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu.

Photo Courtesy: ASIM CHAUDHURI

Somewhere in Karnataka

Somewhere in Karnataka

Christmas joy somewhere in Karnataka.

Photo Courtesy: Mikhail Esteves

Velaankani Matha Church, Cochin

Velaankani Matha Church, Cochin

The best of nature and peace at Cochin.

Photo Courtesy: Anoop Kumar

Manapad Church

Manapad Church

Church and lighthouse on the Manapad beach in Tuticorin.

Photo Courtesy: Simply CVR

Exterior View of Santhome Church

Exterior View of Santhome Church

The famous Santhome Church in Chennai illuminated in the night.

Photo Courtesy: Vinoth Chandar

 Nagaon Church

Nagaon Church

Burning candles at the Nagaon Church in Assam.

Photo Courtesy: Diganta Talukdar

Cochin Christmas Sales

Cochin Christmas Sales

Shops filled with Christmas gaiety in Cochin.

Photo Courtesy: McKay Savage

Pretty Homes

Pretty Homes

A sock full of goodies!

Photo Courtesy: Pankaj Kaushal

Manger Decor

Manger Decor

Sweet sights of Mangers decorated to celebrate Christmas.

Photo Courtesy: John Ragai

Wishing You A Merry Christmas

Wishing You A Merry Christmas

Team NativePlanet wishes all our readers a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Photo Courtesy: Nikos Koutoulas

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