16 Colorful Pictures of Christmas in India

Christmas in Kolkata.
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    Making Decorations in Kashmir

    Making Christmas decorations in Kashmir.
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    Although India isn't a predominantly Christian country, Christmas is still widely celebrated. These Christmas photos capture the spirit across the country.

    In Kashmir, Muslim artisans are renowned for their Paper mache products, usually with exquisite floral patterns. However, they make Christmas decorations too. Business has grown over the last couple of decades, as people prefer unique hand-painted items rather than mass-produced ones.

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    Packing Decorations for Sale

    Making Christmas decorations in Kashmir.
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    Some of the decorations are packaged and sold in markets in India but most of them are exported across the world. They can be purchased online too.

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    Christmas Decorations for Sale

    Christmas decorations in India.
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    Christmas markets come up all over India, filled to the brim with eye-catching decorations.

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    Santas for Sale

    Santas for sale in India.
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    Santas and Santa costumes are a popular item.

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    Santas Everywhere

    Santas in India
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    People dressed up as Santa are a widespread feature during Christmas in India. Some of them look rather scary!

     

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    Santa Hats for Sale

    Street vendors speak to a potential customer as they sell Christmas items at the roadside, in front of the Sacred Heart Cathedral on Christmas Day, in New Delhi, India
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    Street vendors sell Christmas items by the roadside in front of the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Delhi on Christmas Day.

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    Christmas Tree Vendor

    Christmas tree seller in Delhi.
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    A street vendor sells plastic Christmas trees in Delhi.

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    Religious Pictures for Sale

    A man wearing a Santa Claus hat walks behind a display of Christian wares in India.
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    Pictures of Lord Jesus and Mother Mary are also popular items sold during Christmas in India.

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    Christmas Candles

    Lighting candles for Christmas in Delhi.
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    People gather to light candles and celebrate Christmas at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Delhi. Yes, there's a Santa there too! Sacred Heart is one of the oldest and largest churches in Delhi. Prayers and Christmas Eve Midnight Mass take place on a grand scale there.

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    Live Music and Santa Claus

    A shopping center celebrates Christmas with Santa Claus.
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    A shopping center in India entertains the crowd with live musicians, and Santa of course!

     

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    Christmas Parade in Kerala

    Cochin Carnival parade at Christmas.
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    The Cochin Carnival, in Kerala, coincides with Christmas. It concludes with the burning of a Santa effigy on New Year's Eve (yes, really!) and a huge procession on New Year's Day. These theyyam performers are getting into the spirit with their special decorations (notice the tinsel and white Santa beard?).

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    Christmas at Church in Kerala

    Christmas at church in Kerala.
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    Kerala has a relatively large Christian population, so Christmas is widely celebrated there. The festivities in the square next to Santa Cruz Basilica in Kochi draw a substantial crowd.

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    Midnight Mass in Mumbai

    Midnight Christmas mass being held at the grounds of a school in Mazgaon, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
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    Christmas Eve Midnight Mass takes place at school grounds and churches across Mumbai.  Here are nine popular Mumbai churches for Midnight Mass.

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    Christmas Mass in India

    Christmas Mass in India.
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    Priests perform Christmas Mass at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Srinagar, Kashmir. White Christmas is often a highlight there, as snow is common at that time of year.

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    Family Christmas in Mumbai

    Family Christmas in Mumbai.
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    A Catholic family in Mumbai celebrates Christmas with a nativity scene.