How Do People in India Celebrate Christmas?

During Christmas in India, Catholics attend a midnight mass, churches are decorated with flowers and candles, and mango trees or banana trees are decorated instead of the traditional Christmas tree. The whole family usually attends a Christmas mass.

The number of Christians in India is fairly low with Mumbai housing the largest community. Some Christians in Mumbai often place mangers in the front window. Others hang big paper lanterns in the form of stars so that they float above people. In southern India, Christians put burning clay lamps on their roofs to symbolize the light of Jesus Christ. Traditional Catholics in southwest India fast from December 1 to 24. Santa Claus is known as Christmas Baba in India, and he delivers presents to the children during the celebrations.