Christmas 2023: Date, History, Significance, Celebration
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Christmas 2023: Date, History, Significance, Celebration

Christmas is one of the most widely celebrated festivals on Planet Earth. This day commemorates the birth anniversary of Jesus Christ and is celebrated by decorating homes, exchanging gifts and organizing family get together.

Although, Christmas is mainly associated with Christians yet non-Christian communities also take part in the celebrations enthusiastically.

One of the merriest times of the year, Christmas is observed on 25th December, every year. So, Christmas 2023 will be celebrated on Monday, December 25th 

Christmas History and Significance

Christmas | History and Significance

Christmas | History and Significance

The English term ‘Christmas’ translates to “mass on Christ’s day“. As per Christian beliefs, Jesus Christ is the Son of God who came into this world for the betterment of mankind.

In 221, Christian traveller and historian, Sextus Julius Africanus revealed to the world that Christ came into this world on 25th December and since then, Christians have been celebrating the occasion.

Another reason for celebrating Christmas on 25 December is that this day coincides with a popular Roman holiday, the birthday of the god Mithra – the Pagan Sun. Numerous Christian writers and historians have reflected a connection between the birth of the sun and the son (Christ) which led to the origin of Christmas.

Also, many Christian and non-Christian communities around the globe celebrate Christmas as the beginning of New Year festivities and an occasion to meet and greet their families.

Christmas 2023 Celebrations across India

Christmas Celebrations across India

Christmas Celebrations across India

Christmas is celebrated with utmost joy and enthusiasm throughout the world. Multiple festivities take place in various regions of India for celebrating the birthday of Lord Jesus. On this day, Christians decorate their homes and visit nearby churches for attending the Christmas mass. Children recite Christmas carols, while adults are retold the life and struggles of the son of God, Jesus at the church. People buy Christmas trees which are believed to bring prosperity to their homes and decorate it with artificial stars and lights.

From family get together and late-night parties to exchanging gifts and spending time with loved ones; Christmas celebrations have become an integral part of yearly festivities in India. Every member of the family rejoices and displays acts of selflessness. A major part of Christmas celebrations deals with paying homage to the selfless nature of Jesus Christ who left his mortal form for cleansing the sins of mankind.

Christian families prepare and distribute home-made cakes and chocolates to friends and neighbours.

Best Places to Observe Christmas Celebrations in India

Year-Wise Christmas Observances

YEAR DAY DATE Event/Festival
2015 Fri 25-Dec Christmas 
2016 Sun 25-Dec Christmas 
2017 Mon 25-Dec Christmas 
2018 Tue 25-Dec Christmas 
2019 Wed 25-Dec Christmas 
2020 Fri 25-Dec Christmas 
2021 Sat 25-Dec Christmas 
2022 Sun 25-Dec Christmas 
2023 Mon 25-Dec Christmas 
2024 Wed 25-Dec Christmas 
2025 Thur 25-Dec Christmas 

Other Festivals in India with Holiday Type

Festivals in India Day Date Holiday Type
New Year Sunday 1 January Public
Lohri Saturday 14 January Restricted
Makar Sankranti Saturday 14 January Restricted
Pongal Sunday 15 January Restricted
Basant Panchmi Thursday 26 January Restricted
Republic Day Thursday 26 January Public
Guru Ravidass Jayanti Sunday 5 February Restricted
Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti Wednesday 15 February Restricted
Mahashivratri Saturday 18 February Restricted
Losar Tuesday 21 February Restricted
Holi Wednesday 8 March Public
Ram Navami Thursday 30 March Restricted
Mahavir Jayanti Tuesday 4 April Restricted
Good Friday Friday 7 April Public
Easter Sunday 9 April Restricted
Vaisakhi Friday 14 April Restricted
Eid Ul Fitr Saturday 22 April Public
Buddha Purnima Friday 5 May Public
Rabindra Jayanti Tuesday 9 May Restricted
Rath Yatra Tuesday 20 June Restricted
Eid Al Adha Thursday 29 June Restricted
Muharram Saturday 29 July Public
Independence Day Tuesday 15 August Public
Parsi New Year Navroz Wednesday 16 August Restricted
Onam Tuesday 29 August Restricted
Raksha Bandhan Wednesday 30 August Restricted
Janmashtami Thursday 7 September Restricted
Ganesh Chaturthi Tuesday 19 September Restricted
Id E Milad Thursday 28 September Public
Gandhi Jayanti Monday 2 October Public
Dussehra Tuesday 24 October Public
Valmiki Jayanti Saturday 28 October Restricted
Diwali Sunday 12 November Public
Bhai Dooj Tuesday 14 November Restricted
Chhath Puja Sunday 19 November Restricted
Guru Nanak Jayanti Monday 27 November Public
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