Sunday, December 13, 2009

Celebrating Christmas

Over the past four decades that I have been roaming this planet Christmas had been part of my life bringing new flavors in new ways and had rediscovered this most celebrated Birthday everytime. My early memories are of more traditional celebrations in my first school “The Holy Cross School” which was run by Christian missionaries. In Kolkata the Christmas day is known as “boro-din” a popular belief that the days starts to become longer and night shorter from this day. This day is ear marked in all Bengali’s calendar as a day to go out for picnic. Our college campus which is on the bank of the river Ganges and adjacent to one of the oldest Botanical garden in the country used to have hundreds to visitors mistaking it to be the botanical garden, which turns into a family park during holidays.

In Bahrain I have some very dear Goan friends and we had great time together during the whole week leading to 25th and without a doubt had the best Christmas of my life. But all in all this day has always been a day for celebrations!
I am sharing some of the lovely pictures that I have received by emails and unfortunately cannot stand by for the authenticity of these information but they do look marvelous.


The Capitol Christmas tree in Washington, D.C.

Christmas tree display rises up the slopes of Monte Ingino, Italy
 
A Christmas tree is projected onto the exterior of the Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka,Tokyo.

Illuminating the Gothic facades of Prague's Old Town Square

In Venice 's Murano Island renowned throughout the world for its quality glasswork

Moscow

In the Praça do Comércio in Lisbon, Portugal

St. Peter's Square in Rome


In Singapore

Against a backdrop of tall, shadowy firs, a rainbow trio of Christmas trees lights up the night (location unknown)



3 comments:

  1. It was so interesting to hear your take on the Christmas celebration, I am always interested to hear how other cultures view this holiday.
    The pictures of the tree are amazing. I have seen them shared on another blog last week, but they are so astounding, it is wonderful to see them again.;)
    Zuzana

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  2. What a lovely CHRISTMAS WORLD TOUR...the pictures are nice.Boro-din...yes,even here it is the time for picnics and celebrations.NE being a Christian dominant(sort of)area we get to see many different ways of celebrations according to the region they represent.MIZO CHOIRS are one of the best in world.

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  3. Christmas in Kolkata was a special day for us too, what with cakes from Flury's and Nahoum's and jolly red Santas. In Mumbai, too, we ahve a lovely time as we live close to a Catholic neighbourhood where celebrations are already on, full swing. Loved your post.

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