Christmas, the time of year we celebrate the birth of our Savior, is commemorated by so few in India. While the majority of Hindus, Islamists, and Buddhists disregard the holiday and have their own festivals, Christmas is recognized by the two percent of Christians.
Christians in Southern India have a tradition where they put burning lamps on their roofs. This symbolizes Jesus being the light of the world. In the north-western part of India, Christians celebrate by reciting the Christmas story and singing Christmas carols.
However, included in the two percent are Roman Catholics. Cities such as Mumbai and Delhi are home to thousands of Roman Catholics. They celebrate Christmas by attending Midnight Mass. Enormous churches are decorated with lights, Poinsettia flowers, and candles. Families take this ceremony very seriously and get together to walk and be apart of the mass. After this, a giant Christmas feast is enjoyed and gifts are given.
Though the Roman Catholics celebrate Christmas, they do not understand what it means. They believe in a works-based salvation as most Indians do. They believe if they do enough good works and try to live good lives God will accept them. But John 14:6 says, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” We celebrate Christmas because God sent his son Jesus to die on the cross, pay our sin debt, and offer us eternal life! Nobody can work their way to heaven, Jesus is the only way to the Father.
Catholics celebrate Christmas by going to mass, believing their good works will save them. Hindus, Islamists, and Buddhists don’t celebrate Christmas because they have never heard. Please pray for India, it is so lost and in need of the Gospel.