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PostSubject: Christmas Celebrations in Kerala   Sat Jul 07, 2007 9:08 am

Though the Christmas tree is a comparatively new addition to Christmas celebrations in Kerala, it is the twinkling Christmas star put up at Christian homes or shops which sets the tone for a season of cheerfulness and joy. Christmas, which is more than a festival is the solemn occasion to remember Jesus, his life and ultimate sacrifice and his message of compassion and brotherhood. The birth of Jesus Christ on December 25 each year sees a variety of customs and ceremonies.

In cathedrals and churches, the nativity of Jesus is enacted through miniature models. The hymn 'Gloria in exelcis Deo' is intoned admidst the explosion of crackers.Carols and songs developed from nativity plays are sung. Priests hold the Holy Mass in churches at midnight. The Christmas Father is the star attraction for children - the very embodiment of the most vibrant and quintessence of the gayest of all the festivals. Hymns are sung and crackers are burst to signify the coming of Jesus Christ into the world.
Later in the day, there is a feast with delicacies. Cakes are made at homes along with traditional Kerala sweets making Christmas a traditional Kerala festival.
The attractions of a Kerala Tourism include its magical festivals, spectacular art forms, spectacular boat races, spicy cuisine and everything else a discerning tourist ask for.
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