Christmas Celebrations at Chaitanya
Christmas which falls on December 25th every
year, is a sacred festival of Christians celebrating the birth
of Jesus Christ. Christmas is a joyful, colourful and eventful
feast celebrated all over the world, even by people of different
religions. People celebrate Christmas by putting up lighted
stars, sending Christmas cards, giving gifts, eating delightful
cakes. Christmas carols and Santa Claus are also a familiar part
of the celebrations. In the midst of feasting and rejoicing it
is also about Peace on Earth and Goodwill towards all Men.
Christmas is also all about rejoicing in the glory of the
peaceful moments that it brings.
At Chaitanya we celebrate all
festivals, chief among them being Janma Ashtami,
Christmas and Eid. Awareness and respect for
different religions, languages and cultures make
Chaitanyans conscious of the fact that we must at
all times emphasise our similarities and celebrate
As part of the celebrations two children sang the
lilting Malayalam song "Tharakam vannu pirannu" and the choir
sang "We three kings". This was followed by a skit depicting the
birth of Jesus Christ in a stable with "Silent Night, Holy
Night" to emphasise the solemnity of the event.
Christmas is also about merry-making and the
Christmas Tree, "Jingle Bells" and Santa Claus are always part
of the festivities. The children ran after jolly Santa in
delight as they picked up chocolates and sweets. They also
enacted Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer much to the enjoyment of
the spectators. They signed off with the popular mode of “We
wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year".