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Updated December 25th, 2023 at 09:38 IST

Merry Christmas: History, significance, and all you need to know about the festival of joy

Excited about Christmas? Here is all you need to know about the history and significance of your favourite festival.

Merry Christmas: History, significance, and more
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The holiday season is finally upon us with Christmas and New year just around the corner. As everyone gears up to celebrate Christmas in all its glory, there are a few things to know about the significance and history of this festival. On December 25, every year, people from all around the globe come together to celebrate Christmas, commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ. However, there is more to it. 

Let’s delve into the details and know more about everyone’s favourite festival. 

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History 

Christmas, as we all know, celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ. It originated in the 4th century and the date was set on December 25 to coincide with pagan festivals. 

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Various countries around the world have different names for the festival. It is referred to as Yuletide in Germany, Navidad in Spanish, Natale in Italian, and Noel in French. The festival of Christmas also commemorates the nativity of Jesus and attempts to attain purity and devotion. However, as time proceeded, different cultures incorporated different customs. For instance, there was gift giving and Christmas feasts. It was in the middle ages when caroling gained popularity. While the Puritans frowned upon festivities, the Victorian era started off with Christmas trees and cards. Modern celebrations were shaped with commercialism. Today, this festival unites people globally as they exchange gifts, decorate their houses and Christmas trees, prepare feasts and much more. 

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Why celebrated on December 25 

The exact date of Jesus' birth is not specified in the Bible. However, December 25 was chosen by early Christians to coincide with pagan winter solstice festivals. The aim of choosing this date was to integrate Christianity into existing celebrations. Over time, this date became widely accepted.

Significance 

The joyous festival of Christmas is accompanied by celebration and much more. It holds immense significance worldwide and is the time when everyone comes together in union. Commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, this festival promotes goodwill and kindness.

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Homes are adorned with Christmas trees and decorations. The holiday season is synonymous to gratitude, love and bonding.

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Published December 22nd, 2023 at 12:30 IST

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