India is a land of festivals and Christians here love to celebrate Christmas! Goa being a part of India has a lot of ‘Western’ customs due to historical interventions with Portugal. Most Christians in Goa are Catholics. People like to décor Christmas trees and cakes as a tradition. On Christmas Eve Christians in Goa hang out giant paper lanterns, in the shape of stars, so that the stars float above you as you walk down the road. The main Christmas meal roast turkey or chicken is also eaten on Christmas Eve. After the meal, Christians head to Church for a Midnight mass service. Then later the church bells ring to announce that Christmas Day has arrived. Many Christians in Goa also celebrate Epiphany and remember the Wise Men visiting Jesus.
Scheduling a holiday trip to popular tourist places during Christmas and New Year’s is certain to blaze a hole in your wallet. But if you choose good travel agents, for example, Mustvisitindia, for organizing your trips, you are probably on the right track. Although Goa, Shimla, Manali as compared to others are great vacation spots this wintry weather, still it cannot be denied that these spots are costlier during this season. If you don’t wish to burden your pocket this Christmas and New Year’s eve, you ought to hit upon an economical vacation destination. Check out this rundown of some cheap vacation destinations for Christmas and New Year’s to know where to spend Christmas in India.
Goa is an overtone for festivity, especially, during Christmas. Owing to its Roman Catholic population and considerable Portuguese heritage, Goa has a notion of celebrating Christmas with massive enthusiasm. The merrymaking capital of India turns livelier during this season and one can really feel the warmth of Christmas. There during the night, long parties planned on the beaches like Anjuna, Mapusa and Candolim.
Home to quite a lot of churches, Kerala sees a huge footfall at the time of Christmas and New Year. It is one of the best places to celebrate Christmas as all the streets are beautifully decorated and the churches remain open nearly all night. And like a cherry on the cake, you get heavy discounts on food and drink. Adding to the enjoyment are dazzling beaches and peaceful backwaters, where you definitely want to spend some time.
A stunning Christmas celebration hangs around at Shillong for you. Given that, not many tourists visit Shillong during winter, you have the opportunity to rejoice a peaceful yet joyful Christmas here. There is a sizable population of Christians here, thus Christmas is celebrated here with much zeal and enthusiasm. The streets, houses and churches are decorated with shimmering lights; people prepare traditional cuisine and spend time signing carols and hymns in the evening. Few churches also have local bands playing the gospel music.
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