Christmas in Sri Lanka
Preparation for this great day
begin weeks before as in any other country. The festive sound of firecrackers waking you
up at the dawn of December 1st is the first intimation that Christmas is round
the corner. all most every home of Christian,
or catholic wake up with the dawn of the
first day of the month of December to perform the first ritualistic task of the month of
merry making. Despite the fact that nearly 70% of population are practicing Buddhism while
another 15% of people are Hindus, only a 7%
of Sri Lankas population are Christians It is celebrated by Christians and shared by
non-Christians in true Lankan style.
It is said that the very first
celebration of this festival was perhaps introduced to
Sri Lanka (early known as Ceylon) by the Portuguese who ruled Lanka From 1505~1650.then
the Dutch who ruled from 1658~1796 followed by British who ruled from 1815~1948.
The festivity spreads through all shopping centers all over the island. Even the small
wayside boutiques in the heart of the country come out with their small festive décor.
Christmas trees decorated and lit up are a common sight in shopping complexes and every
Christian homes. even non Christians make Christmas trees for their children and let them
enjoy the lovely Christmas.
The 25th of December, the commemoration day of the birth of Jesus Christ is a public holiday
and the midnight of 24th of December Cathedrals, Churches and little Chapels all over the island
Christian attend Mid night Mass(the Holy Eucharist) to celebrate in
union with their fellowmen . ever Christians
and non-Christians enjoy themselves to the fullest. most non-Christians are invited to
parties by their Christian friends and Christmas
day finds people visiting relatives ,friends
and neighbors to share with them the seasonal cake and wine followed by a lavish spread lunch and diner. It continues until the season draws to
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