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Christmas In India MAG

September 23, 2008
By kmathew PLATINUM, New City, New York
kmathew PLATINUM, New City, New York
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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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on Jun. 7 2010 at 5:26 pm
Lost-In-Life GOLD, Whitby, Other
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It's never to late, if it weren't for the last minute many things would never get done!

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.

on Jun. 7 2010 at 11:00 am
TanviKusum DIAMOND, Gurgaon, Other
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"The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say." - Anais Nin

we speak in hushed voices so as to not wake our memories

I am an Indian,glad you wrote this article. People now know we celebrate Christmas too. Its getting bigger and bigger each year!

amaranth178 said...
on Apr. 2 2010 at 1:02 pm
amaranth178, Washington, District Of Columbia
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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.

on Jan. 4 2010 at 4:14 am
xAllegria BRONZE, Singapore, Other
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Ça fait tellement du bien d’aimer les gens qu’on aime, que ça finit par faire mal. Je sais pas comment on survit a ça. Non franchement, je sais pas. LOL (laughing out loud) ®, Lola.

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!!

on Dec. 13 2009 at 12:34 am
SerenityMine BRONZE, Not Saying, California
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Great article. I didn't know that Christmas was celebrated in India. I'm a Christian, too. :)

on Nov. 24 2009 at 5:34 pm
sweetxluv BRONZE, Joelton, Tennessee
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Elie Wiesel put it best: “None of us is in a position to eliminate war, but it is our obligation to denounce it and expose it in all its hideousness… Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”

great article.

i didn't know how Christmas happend in India.

i know do something now.

thanx for the article.

on Sep. 21 2009 at 11:56 am
kmathew PLATINUM, New City, New York
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what would you like to know about india?

on Mar. 29 2009 at 8:58 pm
hey this is gooooooooood lol

nihoe said...
on 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 Christmas there and see why Christmas there is different from Christmas in America. For all it's worth, your article rocks!

adams BRONZE said...
on Mar. 24 2009 at 2:33 pm
adams BRONZE, Greenville, South Carolina
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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!!

on Mar. 6 2009 at 5:04 pm
kmathew PLATINUM, New City, New York
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what would you like to know?

annie said...
on Feb. 27 2009 at 4:19 pm
hey i really liked your'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

on Feb. 25 2009 at 6:59 pm
mistryspy BRONZE, Greenville, South Carolina
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tell me more about it because i like it so much and want hear it more india and i am indian too,

indian boy said...
on Feb. 25 2009 at 6:56 pm
i think it is good because where i lived i saw some christians too. thanks!

on Feb. 14 2009 at 10:45 pm
MomoSaysRawrr BRONZE, Kankakee, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
"In the end, everyone's going to hurt you. You just have to find the ones worth suffering for."
-Bob Marely

"Don't narrate... Paint! Draw! Build! CREATE!" -Jack London

i like it. i like hearing about new things....

great job!

writergirl28 said...
on Dec. 24 2008 at 3:54 am
Really Cool!!!!!

I think you should keep it up and tell more about your life in India.

anonymous said...
on Oct. 9 2008 at 4:19 pm
great job! keep writing more like this. it's very informative. keep it up.