The nation which is famous for its vivid variety of multi-linguistic culture and diversified origins has finally come to the bowing welcome towards the Christmas festival, a festival of christian culture.
Across all the media platforms where socialism sets a bonfire in the mixed cultural robe, keeping it close into a broom of happiness and spreading the cheeriness all around.
The Christmas is a celebration denoting the birth of Jesus Christ at the times when the Earth needed a bridge between human and believe the presence of some extreme power taking the charge with in. As a familiar tradition people celebrate this day by lighting candles, praying in the church and distributing sweets and happiness to the kids and people in need.
Indianwaves.com takes the pleasure to bring you the magnificent collection of images of moments captured when not only Christians but pack of human beings from all religion shares the bond of this festival.
1. Basilica of Bom Jesus, Goa
Basilica of Bom Jesus is amongst the most famous churches in India. The church is around 300 years old and holds the remains of St. Francis Xavier. It is one of the finest examples of Portuguese influence as the edifice is done in signature Baroque style. The flooring has been done in marble, inlaid with precious stones, the altar is elaborate with gilded gold work, the murals and the artistic rendition are also worth the appreciation. The church has been declared as the world heritage site and also boasts of a museum. A large number of believers gather at the church when the preserved body of Saint Francis Xavier is put on display.
2. Se Cathedral Church, Goa
Since this triumph coincidentally happened on the feast of St. Catherine, the cathedral was dedicated to her. The construction of the chutrch began in 1562 and was completed in 1619. The church measures 250m in height and 181 in breadth. The highlight of the church is its “Golden Bell”, which is said to be one of the best bells in the world . On the main Altar, there are a few old paintings that are dedicated to Catherine of Alexandria. On the right, there is a chapel, which is also known as Cross of Miracles.
3. Velankanni Church, Nagapattinam
Velankanni Church is probably one of the most visited churches in India. Velankanni town is located on the coast of Bay of Bengal and is famous for its Basilica which is dedicated to ‘Lady of Health’and is called Our Lady of Good Health or Our Lady of Velankanni. It has been proved for centuries that Velankanni is known as the “Lourdes of the East” and it is said that when worshipers offer candles to the Mother, their illness is cured. This Christian shrine is a great symbol of multiculture and international and religious harmony.
4. Christ Church, Shimla
This sacred church is the prominent landmark of Shimla that reflects the beauty of British era architecture. Built in the Neo-Gothic style in 1857, the church contains five fine stained glass windows and each window represents different Christian virtues of Faith, Hope, Charity, Fortitude, Patience and Humility. The pipe-organ in the church is the biggest in the Indian subcontinent and was installed in September 1899.
Gallery of the latest Christmas Celebration through out the nation: