Christmas – 2014
Christmas Celebration in Goa
Christmas in Goa celebrations include exchanging gifts and offering prayers. The nativity scene is evoked by creating clay statues and artifacts made up of millet grass, box board and hay. Creating clay statues form an important part of the Christmas festival and it is reminiscent of the birth of Jesus in the stable of Bethlehem.
The celebrations of Christmas at Goa begin in the evening of 24th December. The festivities begin with decorating the Christmas tree. Decorating the Christmas tree form an integral part of the Christmas celebrations in Goa, which begins on the day before the Christmas. On the eve of 24th December, the people of Goa decorate Christmas tress with many decorative items including socks, candies, stars, bells, gifts and many small figures of animals and birds. However, the actual celebration begins on the eve of 25th December, which is marked by loud music and dancing. Dancing, pealing of church bells and fireworks form an intrinsic part of the Christmas Day celebrations in Goa. Feasts also form an important part of the Christmas celebrations. On the Christmas day, the Christians organize special feasts. The sumptuous foods and beverages characterize the Christmas celebrations in Goa.
Moreover, family reunions and partying also include the celebrations of Christmas. 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.
Decorating the house with Christmas tree forms an important feature of the Christmas celebrations in Goa. On the eve prior to the Christmas, the Christmas tree is decorated with a number of geometrical figures, paper cuttings, small figurines of birds, squirrels, lambs and horses, moons, stars and bells. The people of Goa also use beautiful gifts and colorful socks to decorate the tree. Different types of fruits are also used to adorn the Christmas tree on this occasion.