Christmas Day in India in 2019

Christmas Day in India in 2019
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  Dates of Christmas Day in India
2021 Dec 25
Andhra PradeshSat, Dec 25Regional Holiday
Arunachal PradeshSat, Dec 25Regional Holiday
AssamSat, Dec 25Regional Holiday
BiharSat, Dec 25Regional Holiday
ChandigarhSat, Dec 25Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhSat, Dec 25Regional Holiday
DelhiSat, Dec 25Regional Holiday
GoaSat, Dec 25Regional Holiday
GujaratSat, Dec 25Regional Holiday
HaryanaSat, Dec 25Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshSat, Dec 25Regional Holiday
Jammu and KashmirSat, Dec 25Regional Holiday
JharkhandSat, Dec 25Regional Holiday
KarnatakaSat, Dec 25Regional Holiday
KeralaSat, Dec 25Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshSat, Dec 25Regional Holiday
MaharashtraSat, Dec 25Regional Holiday
ManipurSat, Dec 25Regional Holiday
MeghalayaSat, Dec 25Regional Holiday
MizoramSat, Dec 25Regional Holiday
NagalandSat, Dec 25Regional Holiday
OdishaSat, Dec 25Regional Holiday
PuducherrySat, Dec 25Regional Holiday
PunjabSat, Dec 25Regional Holiday
RajasthanSat, Dec 25Regional Holiday
SikkimSat, Dec 25Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduSat, Dec 25Regional Holiday
TelanganaSat, Dec 25Regional Holiday
TripuraSat, Dec 25Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshSat, Dec 25Regional Holiday
UttarakhandSat, Dec 25Regional Holiday
West BengalSat, Dec 25Regional Holiday
2020 Dec 25
Andhra PradeshFri, Dec 25Regional Holiday
Arunachal PradeshFri, Dec 25Regional Holiday
AssamFri, Dec 25Regional Holiday
BiharFri, Dec 25Regional Holiday
ChandigarhFri, Dec 25Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhFri, Dec 25Regional Holiday
DelhiFri, Dec 25Regional Holiday
GoaFri, Dec 25Regional Holiday
GujaratFri, Dec 25Regional Holiday
HaryanaFri, Dec 25Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshFri, Dec 25Regional Holiday
Jammu and KashmirFri, Dec 25Regional Holiday
JharkhandFri, Dec 25Regional Holiday
KarnatakaFri, Dec 25Regional Holiday
KeralaFri, Dec 25Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshFri, Dec 25Regional Holiday
MaharashtraFri, Dec 25Regional Holiday
ManipurFri, Dec 25Regional Holiday
MeghalayaFri, Dec 25Regional Holiday
MizoramFri, Dec 25Regional Holiday
NagalandFri, Dec 25Regional Holiday
OdishaFri, Dec 25Regional Holiday
PuducherryFri, Dec 25Regional Holiday
PunjabFri, Dec 25Regional Holiday
RajasthanFri, Dec 25Regional Holiday
SikkimFri, Dec 25Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduFri, Dec 25Regional Holiday
TelanganaFri, Dec 25Regional Holiday
TripuraFri, Dec 25Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshFri, Dec 25Regional Holiday
UttarakhandFri, Dec 25Regional Holiday
West BengalFri, Dec 25Regional Holiday
2019 Dec 25
Andhra PradeshWed, Dec 25Regional Holiday
Arunachal PradeshWed, Dec 25Regional Holiday
AssamWed, Dec 25Regional Holiday
BiharWed, Dec 25Regional Holiday
ChandigarhWed, Dec 25Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhWed, Dec 25Regional Holiday
DelhiWed, Dec 25Regional Holiday
GoaWed, Dec 25Regional Holiday
GujaratWed, Dec 25Regional Holiday
HaryanaWed, Dec 25Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshWed, Dec 25Regional Holiday
Jammu and KashmirWed, Dec 25Regional Holiday
JharkhandWed, Dec 25Regional Holiday
KarnatakaWed, Dec 25Regional Holiday
KeralaWed, Dec 25Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshWed, Dec 25Regional Holiday
MaharashtraWed, Dec 25Regional Holiday
ManipurWed, Dec 25Regional Holiday
MeghalayaWed, Dec 25Regional Holiday
MizoramWed, Dec 25Regional Holiday
NagalandWed, Dec 25Regional Holiday
OdishaWed, Dec 25Regional Holiday
PuducherryWed, Dec 25Regional Holiday
PunjabWed, Dec 25Regional Holiday
RajasthanWed, Dec 25Regional Holiday
SikkimWed, Dec 25Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduWed, Dec 25Regional Holiday
TelanganaWed, Dec 25Regional Holiday
TripuraWed, Dec 25Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshWed, Dec 25Regional Holiday
UttarakhandWed, Dec 25Regional Holiday
West BengalWed, Dec 25Regional Holiday
2018 Dec 25
Andhra PradeshTue, Dec 25Regional Holiday
Arunachal PradeshTue, Dec 25Regional Holiday
AssamTue, Dec 25Regional Holiday
BiharTue, Dec 25Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhTue, Dec 25Regional Holiday
DelhiTue, Dec 25Regional Holiday
GoaTue, Dec 25Regional Holiday
GujaratTue, Dec 25Regional Holiday
HaryanaTue, Dec 25Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshTue, Dec 25Regional Holiday
Jammu and KashmirTue, Dec 25Regional Holiday
JharkhandTue, Dec 25Regional Holiday
KarnatakaTue, Dec 25Regional Holiday
KeralaTue, Dec 25Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshTue, Dec 25Regional Holiday
MaharashtraTue, Dec 25Regional Holiday
ManipurTue, Dec 25Regional Holiday
MeghalayaTue, Dec 25Regional Holiday
MizoramTue, Dec 25Regional Holiday
NagalandTue, Dec 25Regional Holiday
OdishaTue, Dec 25Regional Holiday
PuducherryTue, Dec 25Regional Holiday
PunjabTue, Dec 25Regional Holiday
RajasthanTue, Dec 25Regional Holiday
SikkimTue, Dec 25Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduTue, Dec 25Regional Holiday
TelanganaTue, Dec 25Regional Holiday
TripuraTue, Dec 25Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshTue, Dec 25Regional Holiday
UttarakhandTue, Dec 25Regional Holiday
West BengalTue, Dec 25Regional Holiday
2017 India Mon, Dec 25 Public Holiday
  Summary
Christmas celebrates the Nativity of Jesus which according to tradition took place on December 25th 1 BC
  Christmas Day in other countries
Christmas Day internationally
  Which regions observe Christmas Day in 2019?
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When is Christmas Day?

On this day, over 2 billion people (over a third of the world's population) will celebrate the birth of Christ.

Christmas Day celebrates the Nativity of Jesus which according to tradition took place on December 25th 1 BC. December  25th will be a public holiday in most countries around the world. If 25 December falls on a weekend, then a nearby week day may be taken as a holiday in lieu.

History of the holiday

Whilst the holiday has a strong grounding in the story of the birth of Jesus, many of the traditions we associate with Christmas have evolved from pre-Christian beliefs and certainly, the traditions have evolved beyond purely a Christian holiday to have a wider secular significance.

The celebration of Christmas in late December is certainly as a result of pre-existing celebrations happening at that time, marking the Winter Solstice.

Most notable of these is Yule (meaning 'Feast'), a winter pagan festival that was originally celebrated by Germanic people. The exact date of Yule depends on the lunar cycle but it falls from late December to early January. In some Northern Europe countries, the local word for Christmas has a closer linguistic tie to 'Yule' than 'Christmas', and it is still a term that may be used for Christmas in some English-speaking countries. Several Yule traditions are familiar to the modern celebration of Christmas, such as Yule Log, the custom of burning a large wooden log on the fire at Christmas; or indeed carol singing, which is surprisingly a very ancient tradition.

Under the Julian calendar, the winter solstice was fixed on December 25, and this date was also the day of the popular Roman holiday of Saturnalia, in honour of Saturn, the god of agriculture; which was later superseded by Sol Invictus, a day that bundled up the celebration of several sun based gods into one easy to manage festival.

As Christianity began to take hold across the Roman empire and beyond, the date of when to celebrate the birth of Christ became a bit of an issue, with several different dates proposed.

It wasn't until 350 AD, when the then Bishop of Rome, Pope Julius I, fixed the official Christmas day on December 25. Unfortunately, Julius, I didn't show his working out on how he reached this date; some scholars later suggested that it was calculated as nine months after the Annunciation (March 25), when the angel Gabriel is said to have appeared to Mary and told her she would bear the son of God. Whatever the reasoning, it is clear that, just as key pagan sites were being chosen for new churches, so too the date was chosen with the intention to catapult Christmas into becoming a major festival by placing it over the pre-existing pagan festivals.

Christmas Traditions

Mistletoe

Kissing someone who happens to be stood under a sprig of mistletoe is seen as a tradition popularised in Victorian England. However even this relatively modern tradition has much more ancient echoes in that Mistletoe bears its fruit around the time of the Winter Solstice, and its supposed mythical ability to heal and increase fertility.

In Norse mythology, an arrow made from mistletoe killed Balder, who was a brother of Thor. Frigga, Balder's mother brought him back to life shedding tears that changed the red berries on mistletoe to white. Frigga then blessed the mistletoe and promised a kiss to anyone who passed beneath it.

A hint of Mistletoe' s integration from pagan ceremonies into Christmas tradition is said that the mistletoe plant used to be a tree, and its wood was used to make the Cross on which Jesus was crucified. After the Crucifixion, the plant shrivelled to became the parasitic vine we know today.

Carol Singing

As mentioned earlier, the tradition of singing of songs can be traced back to the pagan festivals before the advent of Christmas. Indeed, the word carol is derived from the Greek word choraulein, which meant "an ancient circle dance performed to flute music."

As carols were already an established custom, early Christians made the shrewd decision to integrate Christian songs into the tradition rather than ban the singing.

Most new Christian Carols were written in Latin, which was by the middle ages, a language only used by the church, thus reducing the popularity of the custom.

However, carols received an injection of popularity when St. Francis of Assisi started his Nativity Plays in Italy in 1223, which included songs written in the local people's language.

The tradition of 'Modern' Carol singing flourished in England. Known as Wassailing, it was a chance for peasants to get some much-needed charity from their feudal lords. This singing for money developed in a custom involving travelling musicians who would visit wealthy homes, singing in the hope of receiving money food or gifts in return.

There was a short interruption in 1647 when the Puritans come to power after the English Civil War. The Puritans, under the leadership of Oliver Cromwell, disapproved of the celebration of Christmas. There was even a fine of up to five shillings for anyone caught singing Christmas carols. When King Charles II came back to the throne in 1660, the public singing of Christmas carols was permitted again.

Did you know?

Three facts about Christmas Day

Christmas Carol singing began as an old English custom called wassailing, toasting neighbours to a long life.

The first artificial trees were made in Germany in the 19th century from goose feathers dyed green.

Good King Wenceslas was not a king - he was a Duke.

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