There is hardly any place in the world where Christmas is not celebrated, and the far North Eastern part of India is also no exception. There are a significant number of Christians in Manipur, as there are other religious groups. Christmas Festival in Manipur is their greatest and most important festival. Christmas in Manipur is celebrated with merriment and gaiety and in some affluent areas, the celebrations continue for almost a week. A special community of people in Manipur who comprises of the Kukis and the Nagas are all Christians. It is not only the Christians, but Christmas in Manipur is celebrated by almost all groups of people, who take part in this festive zeal.
Description of Christmas Festival in Manipur
Christmas in Manipur is the time to rejoice and the Christians of Manipur know very well how to do it. The religious and solemn part of the celebrations comprises of reading Gospel and Bible, singing Christmas carols and hymns, attending lectures on Christ and other related topics. Other than that, there is jubilation through feasts, eating, and get togethers of families and friends as well as other joyful ways of celebrations. There are Christmas trees that are decorated with stars and lights and the houses of the Christians are made to look brighter with colorful decorations. Though Christmas is celebrated in different ways in different parts of India, the festive look is almost the same everywhere. The shops and the markets are also decorated. The festive fever during Christmas in Manipur continues almost till the ushering of the New Year on 1st of January.
Time for celebrating Christmas Festival in Manipur
Christmas Festival in Manipur is celebrated for 2 days, on 24th and 25th of December. Christmas Eve falls on the 24th of December while the main Christmas celebrations take place on 25th. There are some well-off parts of Manipur where the Christmas celebrations continue for almost a week.