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*_*!Merry.Christmas!*_*

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*_+_*!CHRISTMAS!*_+_* To All Of You My Dear Friends, Brothers and Sisters...

22.12.2011 08:14 EST

Hi... My all of my dear Friends, Brothers and Sisters...

As you know very well that on becoming 25th Dec, The Christmas Day is coming. This is a Christian Religion's Festival, But l respects all religions. So l wants to celebrates this festival with all of you. Then come on my dears, Let's celebrate this great festival...

Before Now you are just ok, yesterday you were better, today you are perfect, This is the the effect of a blessful season...Christmas...

~Merry.Christmas~

Two things upon this changing earth can neither change nor end; the splendor of Christ's humble birth, the love of friend for friend.

~Merry.Christmas~

Christmas is a state of mind when you cherish peace and goodwill.
The real spirit of Christmas is to have mercy, love and faith...

~Marry christmas~

Joy resounds in the hearts of those
who believe in the miracle of Christmas!
Wishing you all the peace, joy, and love
of the season! Season's Greetings...

~Marry.Christmas~

Happy ChristmasTwo things upon this changing earth
can neither change nor end;
the splendor of Christ's humble birth,
the love of friend for friend...

~Marry.Christmas~

If one night a big fat man jumps in atyour window,
grabs you and puts you in a sack
don't worry I told Santa
I wanted you for CHRISTMAS.

~Marry.Christmas~

Then come on dears, Let's know something about this great festival...

The history of Christmas dates back over 4000 yearsas the various custom and tradition associated with the festival of Christmas were celebrated centuries before the birth of Christ. The exact day of the Christ child's birth has never been pinpointed. Traditions say that it has been celebrated since the year 98 AD. In 137 AD the Bishop of Rome ordered the birthday of the Christ Child celebrated as a solemn feast. In 350 AD another Bishop of Rome, Julius I, choose December 25thas the observance of Christmas.
The History Of Christmas can be traced to some of the popular festivalcelebrated by early civilization that gave way to Christmas.
Mesopotamian: New Years
Many of these traditions began with the Mesopotamian celebration of New Years. The Mesopotamians believed in many gods, and as their chief god - Marduk. Each year as winter arrived it was believed that Marduk would do battle with the monsters of chaos. To assist Marduk in his struggle the Mesopotamians held a festival for the New Year. This was Zagmuk, the New Year's festival that lasted for 12 days.
Persians and Babylonians: Sacaea
The Persians and the Babylonians celebrated a similar festival called theSacaea. Part of that celebration included the exchanging of places, the slaves would become the mastersand the masters were to obey.
Europeans: Winter Solstice
Early Europeans believed in evil spirits, witches, ghosts and trolls. As the Winter Solstice approached, with its long cold nights and short days, many people feared the sun would not return. Special rituals and celebrations were held to welcome back the sun.
Scandinavia: Yuletide
In Scandinavia, during the winter months the sun would disappear for many days. After thirty-five days scouts would be sent to the mountain tops to look for the return of the sun. When the first light was seen the scouts would return with the good news. A great festival would be held, called the Yuletide, and a special feast would be served around a fire burning with the Yule log. Great bonfires would also be lit to celebrate the return of the sun. In some areas people would tie apples to branches of trees to remind themselves that spring and summer would return.
Roman: Saturnalia
The Roman's celebrated their god Saturn. Their festival was called Saturnalia which began the middle ofDecember and ended January 1st. Thecelebration would include masquerades in the streets, big festive meals, visiting friends, and the exchange of good-luck gifts called Strenae.
The 25th was not only sacred to the Romans but also the Persians whose religion Mithraism was one of Christianity's main rivals at that time.The Church eventually was successful in taking the merriment, lights, and gifts from the Saturanilia festival and bringing them to the celebration of Christmas.

Now come on dears, Let's know about Jesus Christ...

He walked the Earth 2,000 years ago, yet the icon of Jesus Christ continues to be the most influential person in the world today. Jesus was a man, a flesh and blood human being, one among us. But there's something that makes him stand apart. He givessight to the blind, He calms fierce storms with a mere word, He feeds 5,000 people with a handful of food, He raises a man from the dead and above all He raises himself from being dead.
The life of Jesus Christ depicts that he is both human as well as God. He has himself gone through the whole of human experience, from the trivial irritations to the worst horrors of pain and humiliation, defeat, despair and death. Jesus is a great religious teacher and a compassionate lover ofsinners, a man who strives for peace and one who's tough on injustice, someone who understand humans better than anyone; the greatest manwho ever lived, the great God who came to us.
Jesus Christ message was revolutionizing; his words simple, yet profound. And his words provoked either happy acceptance or violent rejection. Jesus Christ gave the message of love, mercy and compassion to the entire mankind. No other great leader has inspired so many positive changes in the lives of his followers. People who encounter the risen Christ are totally transformed. To uphold their faith, they do not hesitate to face hardship,persecution and even death. Many consecrate their lives to serving others, disregarding their own needs and desires.

Now come on dears, Let's know about this great festival Christmas day in our country lndia...

Christmas in India
Christian community in India celebrate Christmas with pomp, gaiety and devotion. Celebrations of Christmas festival begin on the eve of Christmason 24th of December and continue tillNew Year's Day. Christians across the country mark the birth of Lord Jesus Christ on Christmas Day by participating in special masses organized in churches. Celebrations of Christmas are marked by carols, cakes, candles and decoration of Christmas Tree. In several parts of India, especially in metropolitan cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai, Christmas Festival has assumed secular overtones and is joyfully celebrated by people of all religions and communities. ChristmasDay called 'Bada Din' (Big Day) in Hindi is a national holiday in India and people from all religions join their Christian friends to make the most of the joyous celebrations.
Christmas Euphoria in India
Euphoria for Christmas in India is largely based on the American media depiction. Days before the festival markets take a colorful look as they are decorated with traditional Christmas trees, stars, images of Santa, balloons and festoons. Gift marketers too create hype for Christmas by launching a rigorous advertising campaign through newspapers, radio and television.
Schools run by Christian missionaries celebrate Christmas by organizing nativity plays which depict the birth of Jesus Christ. Carols, songs and dramas make these celebrations even more joyful. Even non-Christian students enthusiastically participate in such celebrations.
Preparations for Christmas in India
In Christian households, preparations for Christmas begin atleast a month in advance. People get their homes whitewashed and indulge in spring cleaning of the house to give it a fresh new look. Ladies start preparations for the traditional Christmas cake which is anxiously awaited not just by the entire family but also by the neighbors!! Hectic shopping activity takes place as everyone buys new clothes for the festival. Christmas Gifts are also bought for friends, relatives and kids in the family. Biggest festival for Christians - Christmas is also the time for family reunions. People staying indifferent cities for job or higher studies rush back to their homes to celebrate Christmas with their near and dear ones.
Christmas Celebrations in Different Parts of India
Customs for Christmas celebrations vary in the vast expanse of India. These variations are largely because of the local cultural influence. In South India, for instance, Christians light clay lamps on the rooftops and walls of their houses, the same way as Hindus decorate their homes during the Diwali Festival. Besides, in several states of India a popular custom is to decorate banana or mango tree instead of traditional pine tree. In northwest India, the tribal Christians of the Bhil tribe go out night after night for a week during Christmas to sing their equivalent of carols the whole night through. In Mumbai, which has one of the largest Roman Catholic communities in India, there is a tradition to depict nativity scenes and decorate home with big stars.
Christmas in Goa
Most exhilarating celebration of Christmas can be seen in the vivacious state of Goa. A large number of domestic and international tourists flock to the beaches Goa during Christmas festivalto watch Goa at its cultural best. One can also regale in the best of Goa music and dance during Christmas festivities. Catholics in Goa participate in the traditional midnight mass services locally called Missa de Galo or Cock Crow as they goon well into early hours of the morning. The Carnival, preceding Lent, is the most important event at Goa. This is similar to Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

Then come on my all Dear Friends, Brothers and Sisters, Let's celebrate this great festival with a lot of ...


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