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Christmas in Goa

Christmas in Goa

Christmas celebration is one of the biggest religious festivities of the world, which is celebrated in the commemoration of the auspicious birth of Lord Jesus Christ. Like all the other parts of the world, Christmas in Goa is celebrated on 25th December. The day marks the birth of Lord Jesus. The festival is marked with a lot of merrymaking and revelry. People from all the communities in Goa join hands to celebrate the festival. Moreover, Goa Christmas celebrations begin with the singing of Christmas carols, which is followed by offering prayers in the church and exchanging gifts.
Dancing and parties form an inevitable part of Christmas in Goa. During the festival, the people of the city dress themselves in the finest of their clothes. People decorate their houses with Christmas trees. The Christmas trees are decorated with beautiful items such as candies, sparkling stars, cotton flakes, cakes, socks, gifts and a number of other decorative items. During the Christmas, the Goans decorate their houses with colorful papers and poinsettias. Even the churches are decorated for the occasion. The market places in the city are also decorated with tinsel and buntings.
On Christmas Eve, a star made of wood and kite paper by the family members is hung outside the house. On the Christmas Eve, many families observe Midnight Mass. The Midnight Mass commemorates the birth of Jesus at midnight. Therefore, the people of Goa sing Christmas carols and hymns during the midnight. The Midnight Mass in Goa is characterized by the sounding of bells and lighting candles.
Festivities and visiting people go on even after Christmas, sometimes 10 days beyond Christmas. On New Years night, children sit with an effigy of an old man, much like a scarecrow on the road, and collect funds from passers-by. They burn him at midnight, which is symbolic of putting the past behind and ushering in the New Year or the future.
The Christmas season ends officially on January 6, which is the Feast of the Magi or the three kings who came to pay obeisance to the infant Jesus. There is a Church service and a symbolic procession of the three kings at three places in Goa.