Why we celebrate Christmas ?
Jesus Christ is considered as son of god, who became man to save mankind.
Christmas is day to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. The birth of Jesus’ is not known, but it was nearly about 2,000 year ago it is said that he was born in Palestine, and his mother’s name was Mary and father Joseph, they were lived in town called Nazareth.
The word “Christmas” is taken from elderly English word “Christ Maesse”, which means the “Mass of Christ”. It is believed that many early cultures in Roman Empire had fallen into sun worship. As a part of their festival, they built bonfires to give the sun god strength and bring him back to life again. When it turns out to be noticeable that the days were increasing longer, there would be great pride. The church leaders in Rome determined to celebrate Christ’s birth during the winter solstice in an effort to Christianize this popular pagan festivity. Christmas is the festival of the Christians same as Diwali for Hindus or Idd for Muslims. Christmas celebration is one of the most exciting holidays of the year. It is celebrated on the 25th December every year with great pomp and show but in some parts of the world it is also celebrated on 6th, 7th, and 19th January.
It is a global celebration and great planning is made for this occasion in advance because huge sales took place on this day. Great arrangements are made for the occasion, houses are cleaned and white washed. Women cook Christmas pudding, which was originated from Celtic dish. The most vital part of festival is planting of Christmas tree and decorating it with lights, flowers, birds, etc…. it symbolize the eternal life which are a part of Pre-Christian Europe. On the eve of this festival, all people get together and party, in which they sing songs and offer prayer to God and also share presents among them. Schools and colleges are also closed for 10 – 15 days on this occasion.
It is well said by George F. McDougall
“Best of all, Christmas means a spirit of love, a time when the love of God and love of our fellow men should prevail over all hatred and bitterness, a time when our thoughts and deeds and the spirit of our lives manifest the presence of God.”