Carol Singing, Decorations, Midnight Mass And More! That’s How Delhi’s Iconic Sacred Heart Cathedral Celebrates Christmas!

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by Vidisha Khaitan
by Vidisha Khaitan 1267

Christmas brings along decorations, food and cheer all over Delhi, but there’s one place that shines brighter than the rest of the city for Christmas. One of the oldest and largest church buildings in New Delhi is Connaught Place’s crown jewel, Sacred Heart Cathedral. We can’t wait for December 24 to get here already and we’ll tell you why. Santa Claus is coming to town! Our plans are already set, see you at the biggest brightest Christmas celebration in Delhi. If you’re as excited about December as us then try hot chocolate at these places in Delhi!

What is it

Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, Hanuman Mandir and this iconic church are neighbours living in harmony. December is dedicated to the church grounds and its grandeur. The Roman Catholic church houses St. Columba’s School and the Convent of Jesus and Mary school, occupying a total of 14 acres. Christmas is a big deal in Delhi and this church becomes a centre for the city to gather and join in the festivities. The church is decked for celebration all year round with its façade of white pillars, towering curved roof and large fresco depicting the Last Supper. During Christmas season, it’s truly a sight for sore eyes, dressed to wish Jesus a happy birthday!

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What’s happening

The Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve at Sacred Heart Cathedral is all about carol singing, decorations and the most gigantic Christmas tree you have ever seen. There’s a large crucifix glimmering with hope to the left of the chapel. Next to it stands Virgin Mary lighting up the world with her smile. This is the best place to be that day every year. Street sellers make most of the opportunity ready with Santa hats, candles, Christmas themed glasses and what not. At 9:30 PM, people start assembling for the prayers and service. The chapel fills up pretty fast but, that in no way means Dilliwale are backing off. Hundreds of people occupy the church grounds till way past midnight. They sing carols nonstop, pray, take pictures and spend quality time with the ones that matter.

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What’s more

Over 1 lakh people visit the church for Christmas. People from all phases of life leave everything behind for this one night and it’s totally worth it. After midnight, a birthday cake for Jesus is cut and shared with everyone. The crowd is peaceful, full of cheer and in high spirits. People mostly manage themselves inside but, things are pretty well organised by the authorities as well. Traffic and lines are bound to slow things down so make sure you’re well in time. The fast-moving line requires no entry fees at the end. The entire church is covered in glowing stars and fairy lights. The church building comes alive with animated projections all night. People light candles by the gates and walls in designated spaces.

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Towards the other side of the entrance, a ground is dedicated to stalls and prayers. People participate in entertaining activities on stage to spread festive vibes. Christmas Day and Easter celebrations are also holy and happening at Sacred Heart Cathedral in small significant ways. In the past the church has even screened Christmas movies on December 25. Don’t miss out on the Christmas cheer this year!

Where: 1, Ashok Place, Sector 4, Gole Market

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