Perfect Destination for Christmas Celebration
‘Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell, Jingle All The Way!’
Just listening to this Christmas carol sends everyone into a jolly and festive mode. The smell of the freshly baked muffins and cakes, the bells, the tree, warm greeting and the Christmas tree, everything sets us grooving to the Christmas tune. India doesn’t celebrate Christmas like the Wild West does, however we have our unique ways or celebrating the spirit of the festival! These are the best places to celebrate Christmas in India. From Shimla’s white Christmas to Kokata’s cheerful “Bada Din” to Goa’s Portuguese influenced festival, there are many ways to soak the Yuletide spirit in India. So, put on your travelling pants and your Santa Cap and experience India differently.
Goa tops the list of places where the Christmas celebration cannot be missed. It is majorly a Christian dominated area and is known for its historical churches and tradition. To top this, it is also one of the favorite spots for year-end parties like Sunburn and Supersonic. But for the locals, this is the time when Goan homes and bakeries make sweets such as Dodol (Coconut and Cashew Nut squares), Neureos (stuffed dry fruit and Coconut balls), Kol-kols and fruit cake. If this year you’re planning to visit Goa during Christmas, get ready to be mesmerized by the ever so creatively decorated houses. In addition, there are family feasts with lavish meals of turkey or chicken, suckling pig, sorpotel and desserts. This food is also offered at some hotels and restaurants such as Hotel Mandovi in Panjim. The festival season officially ends with a service and procession on January 6, or the Feast of the Magi, when three kings came to pay obeisance to the infant Jesus.
The city of joy becomes brighter and livelier during the Christmas season. Being the capital of the British government until 1911, it has a long and vibrant history of celebrating the festival. In Kolkata, reside a sizeable community of Anglo-Indians who celebrate Christmas or ‘Bada Din’ as they call it. The city of joy offers a lot during this festive season, from shimmering lights at the Park Street, mass at St. Paul’s Cathedral and fruitcakes along with other traditional and exotic treats at the oldest bakeries such as Nahoum’s and Flury’s.
Christmas is celebrated with much vigor and zest, here in Mumbai. It is one of the most popular destinations due to its historical value. There are a large number of Christians residing in the city. The midnight mass organized by a vast number of churches is a tradition that’s been followed since ages. Stroll along the lanes of Church Gate, Hill Road and Bandra to witness brightly lit up terrific Christmas trees on the sidewalks. Dash up to make your wish count!
Kerala, God’s own Country, is a great alternate to Goa. Known widely for its clean and beautiful beaches and a large number of churches to visit during the festive season. Kerela is also famous for its backwaters, which come with its own charm. It is a great place to just relax and enjoy the ambience of the houseboats, which proves to be a great way to celebrate a relaxed Christmas.
‘India’s little France’ was once a French colony in India and hence the name. Again, known for the spectacular beaches and traditional churches. Programs in churches such as the ‘Church of our last immaculate conception’ and ‘Basilica of the sacred heart of Jesus Christ’ are what make it stand out from the rest of the places. The sumptuous local cuisine is another reason for you to book one of the Christmas holiday deals for Pondicherry!
Hope you have a blessed festive season and a wonderful New Year! Make sure to pack your bags and head off to these amazing destinations.