How Does India Celebrate Christmas?

Christians in India celebrate Christmas by going to Midnight mass, decorating with Christmas trees and nativities, exchanging presents and holding a holiday feast. Christmas is a state holiday in India observed on December 25. Approximately 2.3 percent of the population is Christian, as of 2015.

The city of Mumbai has one of the largest Christian communities in India, with most of the community following the Roman Catholic Church. In the state of Goa, about 26 percent of the population identify as Christian. Midnight mass is an important part of the Christmas celebration in these communities and entire families will walk together to the service. On Christmas Day, people exchange gifts and serve cakes to neighbors and visitors.