rest of the world, Andhra Pradesh is also known to celebrate
the festival of Christmas with sufficient interest and
heartiness. The appearance of Jesus Christ on the 25th of
December has transformed the day as one of the most sacred
and joyous days of the year.
Although a special occasion for the Christian communities,
Christmas has today become a secular festival of India. Not
only the people of Andhra Pradesh but also the entire
population of the world celebrates this day to commemorate
the birth of Christ on earth. Believed to protect the
mankind from the evil elements, Jesus came to the world
thousands of centuries back
day. The beginning of this extraordinary day starts from
singing in and listening to church choirs that beautifully
describes the sacred deeds of Jesus who also represents
kindness and humane activities. The Christians make
beautiful Christmas tress and keep stockings full of gifts
in their kidís room. In the wee hours the first thing the
children look for is the stockings in the hope that the
Santa Claus has put lucrative presents in these stockings.
The uniqueness of Christmas in Andhra Pradesh lies in the
fact that the Syrian Christians of the place celebrate the
occasion with well-decorated elephants, colorful umbrellas
and melodious religious rhythms. The other Christian sects
of the state spend the entire day much like the remaining
part of the world.
In the evenings social get-togethers are organized where
people are found relishing the delicious Christmas cakes.
The businessmen and other established group of people often
arrange diner parties on the Christmas night.
With tuneful carols, sumptuous cakes and brightly lit up
houses that aptly accompany the cheerful essence of the
festival, millions of people in Andhra Pradesh and other
corners of the globe, engross in the merry mood of