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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Christian Festivals in India

Christian Festivals in India - India is not only a land of varying topographical features, but also a home to people belonging to different religions and ethnicity. The Indian Constitution has defined the country as a secular nation, hence people following different religions coexist in harmony here. As every religion is associated with a number of colorful festivals, it is a treat to eye and a wonderful experience for the soul to see people celebrating festivals in myriad ways. Though Hinduism is the dominant religion, all the important festivals of the other religions are also celebrated with equal enthusiasm and lavishness. A considerable number of Indians also follow Christianity and celebrate various Christian festivals. Christmas, Easter and Good Friday are some of the most famous festivals celebrated with pomp and gaiety. Not only the Christians, but also their friends and acquaintance from other religions soak themselves in the celebrations of the Christian festivals.

There are a number of places in India, where Christian festivals are celebrated on a grand manner. Goa, an erstwhile Portuguese colony, deserves a special mention here. Goa, the smallest Indian state, boasts the oldest and most beautiful Indian churches. These Churches celebrate the regular Christian festivals and also give equal treatment to other auspicious days in the Christian calendar by feasting, prayers and processions. Many other states also celebrate these great occasions with immense fanfare.

Christmas, as we all know, is a prominent Christian festival, and is celebrated with great enthusiasm across the length and breadth of the country. Easter and Good Friday are also observed with equal respect and religious touch. Schools and other educational institutions remain closed on both the festivals. Here we have provided below a list of famous Christian festivals of India.

Christian Festival Calender 2012
Christian Holiday Dates in 2012

January 2012 01 Sunday New Year

February 2012 14 Tuesday Valentine's Day

March 2012 18 Sunday Mothering Sunday (UK)

April 2012 01 Sunday Palm Sunday (Western)

06 Friday Good Friday

08 Sunday Easter (Western)
May 2012 13 Sunday Mother's Day

June 2012 17 Sunday Father's Day

August 2012 05 Sunday Friendship Day

October 2012 31 Wednesday Halloween

November 2012 22 Thursday Thanksgiving Day
30 Friday St Andrews Day

December 2012 08 Saturday Feast of the Immaculate Conception
08 Saturday Chanukah/Hanukkah(After sunset) (Till 16th December)
25 Tuesday Christmas


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