From Mumbai To Kolkata To Kerala, 6 Unique Ways India Celebrates Christmas

Christmas is a great affair in India and different states celebrate it uniquely.

by Ankita Mazumdar
From Mumbai To Kolkata To Kerala, 6 Unique Ways India Celebrates Christmas

It is that time of the year when the streets are adorned with pretty Christmas lights, Santas roaming around, a whiff of cinnamon and wine in the air, Christmas jingles, pine trees heavily decorated, and more. One of the greatest festivals of Christians is here and they have a blast celebrating it. Indians also celebrate Christmas lavishly and you will be amazed to know that different states of India celebrate Christmas differently.

Here Are 6 Unique Ways India Celebrates Christmas

  • Mumbai

The city of dreams, Mumbai shines bright on Christmas as well. This city is always bustling with energy and during this time, the streets and houses are neatly decorated with lights. The Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount in Bandra West is flooded with people to enjoy the spirit of Christmas. There is a huge Catholic community in Mumbai. You can participate in many games and fun-filled activities. Markets are properly decked up with Christmas discounts.

  • Kolkata

The city of joy becomes more joyous during Christmas. Park Street will be lively with rows and rows are pretty lights in various shapes and sizes adorning the streets. Kolkata becomes a little bit outgoing and partying till late at night with pubs and bars closing their shutters right in the morning. The St Paul’s Cathedral in New Market Area also organises a midnight activity with sweet carols. While the Anglo-Indians celebrate Christmas Santa Claus arrives in a rickshaw and that is a sight to see.

  • Goa

There is a huge population of catholic communities in the state of Goa. it is not just popular for raging parties and alcohol but for Christmas as well. Even the raging parties and beaches change their aesthetic to Christmasy vibes. Every corner of the pretty lanes in Goa is decked with tinsels, Christmas lights and trees. The Catholics take part in midnight mass services which is a traditional thing, they have to participate in. It is called Missa de Gal.

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  • Kerala

Kerala comes alive with Christmas and it is a custom for kids to carry lit candles, sing merry carols, and visit the houses in their neighbourhood. They are bursting crackers at night and enjoy the proper show. When it comes to food, Kerala always has yummy dishes to offer, always. You will get homemade wine, Kappa biryani, stew, Neyyappam, delicious plum cake, and great seafood. It is a party!

  • Shillong

The pristine atmosphere of lush greens is decorated with such pretty and vibrant lights that make Shillong look so pretty. Here it is more of traditional Chinese homemade food which has been Indianised to accommodate taste buds. Live bands are playing music and people flock to the streets wearing traditional. You may enjoy music and a very warm and lively vibe at the churches as well.

  • Daman and Diu

The influence of the Portuguese remains at Daman and Diu. therefore Christmas is also celebrated in a Portuguese style. Many cultural shows like traditional dance forms, church services, vibrant lights lightening up the sky, and energetic crowds bring great Christmas vibes. Do not miss Dadra and Nagar Haveli as it is most festive with a slight touch of tribal touch. Midnight mass is organised by the churches and everyone’s spirits are high.

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All these different states and cities in India uniquely celebrate Christmas, somewhere it is a bit similar but the distinct locations with people and cultures make it unique.

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