Christmas Christmas time is here.
“Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way” Yes, that smile on everyone’s face says it’s Christmas time now. Santa clause and Christmas trees and gift boxes never failed to fascinate us no matter how old we are. So if you are looking for some real cool places to visit during Christmas in South India, here are few spell-bounding celebrations:
Goa is a connotation for celebration, especially, when it comes to Christmas. With its sizable Roman Catholic population and not to forget Portuguese legacy, Goa has the impression of celebrating Christmas with immense zeal and pomp and show. The party capital of India becomes livelier during the Advent Season and one can actually feel the much-spoken warmth of Christmas. The entire city is decorated with poinsettia flowers and lights. In the midnight, masses sing carols and this goes on till early hours of the morning. Even the beach shacks and restaurants serve Christmas lunches and dinners and have live bands playing. There all night long parties organized on the beaches like Anjuna, Mapusa and Candolim.
Right from Christmas, all the way to New Years, Goa is THE venue for a month long party.
The French influence in Puducherry has done some good indeed! If you are seeking a zealous Christmas celebration that is peaceful at the same time, then Puducherry is the place for you. Like Goa, Puducherry also has a good population of Roman Catholic population, which means that this Union Territory has also got its own way of celebrating this joyful occasion. During the Christmas season, Puducherry becomes brighter and you can feel the exuberance in the ambiance and you are compelled to be a part of it. The church service on the day of Christmas in Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges (The Church of Our Lady of Angels), The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Church of the Assumption, The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, and Church of Our Lady of Good Health are quite a sight to witness.
3. Alleppey, No whole Kerala!
We all know that Kerala is the home of several churches and very well can guess that it can be one of the best places to celebrate Christmas. Each street is decorated and the churches remain open almost all night. The restaurants offer heavy discounts on food and drink. There is a local touch to this high spirit festival and it is something that you need to witness rather than be told about. Adding to the joy are gorgeous beaches and serene backwaters, where you surely want to spend some time.
Christmas in Madurai is celebrated in a very joyful manner. Special events were organised in most of the churches where parish members exhibited their talents through cultural performances, exchanged gifts and celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ with gaiety and fervour. Dressed in new outfits, thousands attended midnight masses and special prayers held in various churches in the city.
The excitement level of the people rises as Christmas draws near as everyone is in party mode. Get out your party shoes and get ready to rock the town. Ramoji Film City plays host to the biggest party in Hyderabad. The celebrations start on Christmas Eve and continue till New Year.
Visakhapatnam celebrates Christmas by inviting Non-Christian friends, officials in the city and shares the message of the birth of the Messiah by Singing carols, cutting the Christmas cake and having a fellowship dinner. This is a feast for anyone over there.
Church bell chimes and midnight masses with special prayers heralded Christmas celebrations in Mysore. Churches across the city, including St. Philomena’s Cathedral, St. Bartholomew Church and Infant Jesus Church, were teeming with the devout. The key element of the midnight mass was the procession with the idol of Infant Jesus in a crib and Virgin Mary accompanied by the faithful rendering the psalms.
Churches of various congregations across the city including St. Peter’s Cathedral, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Gundala Matha Shrine, St. Lutheran’s Church, St Paul’s Centenary Church, will witness thousands of devotees visiting on the eve of Christmas and also during the Midnight Mass.
Christmas is celebrated with an exuberant spirit in Bangalore. The entire city gets decked up during the advent season and places like malls, markets and restaurant start to offer discounts and special menus respectively. The areas predominant by Christians are tastefully decorated. A large number of events are organized in the city in order to make Christmas more fascinating and fun. At the churches such as St. Mary’s Basilica, Christian Fellowship Church and City Harvest AG Church one may also like to attend the midnight mass.
Last but not the least…Medak Cathedral at Medak in Telangana.The Medak diocese is the single largest diocese in Asia and the second in the world after the VATICAN.Christian preachers are known to have entered Medak in 1879 and there being a large number of Christians there, they took the opportunity to construct the Church.
The Church is the one of the best in India and built with pure white granite in gothic style. Anyone who visits the Church can understand the story of the Bible painted on the stained glass windows of the Church. However, this can be viewed only during daylight.
Made of Italian tiles, the bell tower of the Church stands 175-ft high. The Church can accommodate more than 5,000 pilgrims at any given time.
Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Let your heart be light
From now on
our troubles will be out of sight
Have yourself a merry little Christmas 🙂