Heaven Mail Global Bureau
Today throughout the world, Christmas is being celebrated with religious fervour. It is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world.
The traditional Christmas narrative recounted in the New Testament, known as the Nativity of Jesus, says that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, in accordance with messianic prophecies. When Joseph and Mary arrived in the city, the inn had no room and so they were offered a stable where the Christ Child was soon born, with angels proclaiming this news to shepherds who then spread the word.
The Birth Of Jesus
There are different hypotheses regarding the date of Jesus’ birth and in the early fourth century, the church fixed the date as December 25. This corresponds to the traditional date of the winter solstice on the Roman calendar. It is exactly nine months after Annunciation on March 25, also the date of the spring equinox. Most Christians celebrate on December 25 in the Gregorian calendar, which has been adopted almost universally in the civil calendars used in countries throughout the world. However, parts of the Eastern Christian Churches celebrate Christmas on December 25 of the older Julian calendar, which currently corresponds to January 7 in the Gregorian calendar. For Christians, believing that God came into the world in the form of man to atone for the sins of humanity, rather than knowing Jesus’ exact birth date, is considered to be the primary purpose in celebrating Christmas.
A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it is preceded by the season of Advent or the Nativity Fast and initiates the season of Christmastide, which historically in the West lasts twelve days and culminates on Twelfth Night. Christmas Day is a public holiday in many countries, is celebrated religiously by a majority of Christians, as well as culturally by many non-Christians, and forms an integral part of the holiday season organized around it.
British PM Thanked Public Servants At Work On Christmas
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has surprised public servants working across the world over Christmas with a personal phone call to thank them for their efforts. Instead of a traditional message to the nation, the PM called diplomats, Royal Navy crew and childcare providers in Pakistan, Somalia, Ukraine and the UK.
Mr Sunak said he was grateful for their “sacrifice” over the festive period.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer used his message to pay tribute to the Ukrainian people and those working at Christmas.
For many Christians around the world, celebrating the Nativity, or the birth of Jesus Christ, is the most important part of the Christmas season.
Among the most common Christmas traditions are small sets of figures depicting Joseph, Mary and Jesus that are displayed in individual homes, and live reenactments of the manger scene in communities and churches. While Nativity sets focus on the holy family, they can also include an angel, the three wise men bringing gifts, shepherds or some barnyard animals.
Christmas celebration has many exciting components.
Christmas Carols are one of the most important parts of Christmas. We know that Christmas is around the corner when the churches and neighbourhoods start to play Christmas carols. The song of the festival welcomes the festivities for us. Jingle bells is one of the most famous Christmas carols sung and played all across the world. As we near the festival, let’s have a look at the most famous Christmas carols that announce and bring in the festivities for everyone.
Jingle Bells: Written to be sung by a Sunday school choir or as a drinking song, Jingle Bells soon became the song of Christmas for everyone living in the world. In all the corners of the globe, this song is played to announce that Christmas is here.
Leise Rieselt der Schnee: Translated to Softly Falls The Snow, this is one of the most loved Christmas carols in Germany. Written in 1895, this song speaks of the story of Christkind’s arrival.
Petit Papa Noël: One of the most-loved French Christmas songs, Petit Papa Noël tells the tale of a child singing to Santa Claus about the gifts that he will bring, all the while worrying that he will get cold in the night.
Los Peces en el Río: Translated to The Fish In The River, Los Peces en el Río is a mysterious Christmas song which draws comparison between a fish and Virgin Mary.
Santa Claus, also known as Father Christmas
Santa Claus, also known as Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas, Saint Nick, Kris Kringle, is a legendary character who traditionally serves as Christmas’s patron saint in the United States and other nations, and brings presents to kids. His character is integral part of Christmas celebration.
The most exciting part of Christmas for kids is finding wrapped presents tucked under the tree and treats concealed in stockings hung by the fireplace. Santa is real. The origins of Santa Claus, also referred to as Saint Nicholas, date all the way back to the third century. He was a monk born in modern-day Turkey in the year 280 AD. Being the only child, his parents showed him a lot of love.
Young Nicholas grew to care deeply about other people’s suffering as a result of the plague that claimed both of his parents. Saint Nicholas’ generosity and kindness helped him become a legend. He is regarded as the patron saint of children because it is said that he gave the majority of his wealth to aid the sick and the poor.
The death anniversary on December 6 is marked as Saint Nicholas’ feast day. This day has traditionally been connected to giving gifts.
Undoubtedly, Christmas celebration has many bright aspects.