Christmas 2020: History & Significance

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It’s almost Christmas and celebrations have began worldwide despite the gloom and doom of the pandemic. Houses are lit, trees are decorated, and gifts are exchanged. Wining and dining are in full swing, the only difference being that the number of people allowed to gather together to celebrate has been restricted.

 

How is Christmas celebrated?

 

Christmas is celebrated to mark the joyous occasion of the birth of Jesus Christ. Decorations are generally in the colors of red and green, with boughs of holly, Christmas trees, Christmas socks to be filled with presents, cribs denoting a nativity scene and of course Christmas lights. Carol singing begins a few days before Christmas. Delicious food is prepared on Christmas day. The day after Christmas is called Boxing Day, as employees traditionally got gifts in boxes from employers.

 

History of Christmas

 

According to the Bible Jesus Christ was born on Christmas Day, more than 2000 years ago. He was born in Bethlehem, Judea, which is modern day Palestine. People mark this significant event by celebrating his birthday.

 

Significance of Christmas

 

Many people worldwide believe in the divinity of Jesus Christ. He preached the message of love and neighborliness in difficult times. By celebrating his birthday, as a significant day in their lives, people celebrate spirituality and divinity. Although food, festivities and fun are a major part of the celebrations, attending church for mass, is an integral part of the festival. It is said that Christmas is derived from the two words Christ and Mass.

 

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