15 Colorful Pictures of Christmas in India

Christmas in Kolkata.
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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.

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Christmas Decorations Made in Kashmir

Making Christmas decorations in Kashmir.

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In Kashmir, Muslim artisans are renowned for their Papier-mâché 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. 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 as well.

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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 popular items.

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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's Fort Kochi coincides with Christmas. It concludes with the burning of a massive Santa effigy at midnight on New Year's Eve (locally called Pappanji, which means "grandpa" or "old man" in Portuguese) and a huge street 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.

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