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What is Christmas like in ­India? Many think India is an all-Hindu country, but it’s not. The country has 32,000 Christians – about two percent of its population.

I remember Christmases when I lived there. We spent Christmas Eve preparing for the next day. The women got an early start cooking, and the children would decorate the house. But long before, people started preparing in other ways.

I lived near a famous church that constructed a ­different nativity each year, all of which were huge and looked amazing and realistic. My landlord’s daughter and I would create a unique nativity of our own. For my last Christmas in India, I planted wheat seeds, and by Christmas, we had ­perfect fields. We made a shed for the holy family and the rest of the nativity and cut paths in the wheat to make our nativity look realistic.

Almost all Christian homes in India put up a star, which is one thing you won’t find in America. Some also string lights. We had a huge jackfruit tree in our front lawn that we deco­rated. Once we glued white ­styrofoam balls to the tree, pretending they were snow. One of the pastors saw our creation and congratulated us. Other people made Christmas trees too.

But the best part of Christmas was Christmas Eve. Carolers came by and we gave out plum cakes, which most families in India exchange on Christmas. Of course, parents, children, and siblings ­exchange other gifts too, but you give plum cakes to other families.

Everyone went to midnight Mass wearing new clothes. In our church, we would walk around the neighborhood with candles. Many people lit fireworks as the church-goers passed by. The Mass was long but worth it.

Christmas in India was very ­different from in the U.S. There everyone worked together to make the season magical. Christmas brings joy to all; it is a holiday that I look forward to every year. Sometimes I wish I could go back to India to celebrate, ­because it brought us all close ­together and made some wonderful memories.

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amaranth178 said...
Apr. 2, 2010 at 1:02 pm:
I really liked this article. My mother  gets nostalgic speaking of her experiences from her childhood, celebrating Christmas in India--I guess I took this knowledge for granted.
 
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Allegria-Starling said...
Jan. 4, 2010 at 4:14 am:
Wonderful! My Christmases are in Malaysia with my family. So in some ways they are similar, though we have a plastic christmas tree that we've been using for years.
A thing I find striking is when our relatives come over for Christmas Day- there are so many of them!!
 
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Courtney P. said...
Dec. 13, 2009 at 12:34 am:
Great article. I didn't know that Christmas was celebrated in India. I'm a Christian, too. :)
 
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sweetxluv said...
Nov. 24, 2009 at 5:34 pm:
great article.
i didn't know how Christmas happend in India.
i know do something now.
thanx for the article.
 
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thekiller2312 said...
Mar. 29, 2009 at 8:58 pm:
hey this is gooooooooood lol
 
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nihoe said...
Mar. 26, 2009 at 12:42 am:
It's always good to learn information about a country contrary to dogmatic, stereotypical, or ignorant opinions that try to define it. If I hadn't stop by "Teen Ink" today, I would have probably never known that Christmas happens in India, too. I value your narrative article because it informed me that religious diversity exists in India, but I think your article needs a little more description. As a reader totally ignorant of what Christmas is like in India, I want to know more about Chri... (more »)
 
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adams said...
Mar. 24, 2009 at 2:33 pm:
Hi My name is Tiffany and i thought that you did a good job but something about it make it seems like you are affraid. Ps. keep up the good work!!
 
Lost-In-Life replied...
Jun. 7, 2010 at 5:26 pm :
What? I'm sorry, I'm confused. Did you say afraid? In what way? Anyway for the author I loved this. I think it's great to learn about different cultures.
 
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Kavya M. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 6, 2009 at 5:04 pm:
what would you like to know?
 
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annie said...
Feb. 27, 2009 at 4:19 pm:
hey i really liked your story......it's great to know that you wrote it so nicely....i feel proud because i am an indian myself..could you please reply back in some way...i'd like to talk to you
 
Kavya M. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Sept. 21, 2009 at 11:56 am :
what would you like to know about india?
 
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Morissa D. said...
Feb. 14, 2009 at 10:45 pm:
i like it. i like hearing about new things....
great job!
 
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writergirl28 said...
Dec. 24, 2008 at 3:54 am:
Really Cool!!!!!
I think you should keep it up and tell more about your life in India.
 
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S M. said...
Feb. 25, 2009 at 6:59 pm:
tell me more about it because i like it so much and want hear it more india and i am indian too,
 
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indian boy said...
Feb. 25, 2009 at 6:56 pm:
i think it is good because where i lived i saw some christians too. thanks!
 
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anonymous said...
Oct. 9, 2008 at 4:19 pm:
great job! keep writing more like this. it's very informative. keep it up.
 
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