Today’s stop in the Christmas Around the World series hosted by Living Life Intentionally is India.
While Christmas is probably the most popular holiday in the United States, it is not the most celebrated holiday in India. About 3% of India’s population is Christian, though some non Christian Indians may celebrate Christmas in a secular way with presents and a tree.
My husband, who is Indian, did not grow up celebrating Christmas, so I had to do a little reading to find out how Christmas is celebrated in India.
Two traditions seem to be common in celebrating Christmas – candles and mangers.
Midnight masses are a highly attended Christmas event with the churches filled with the light of hundreds of candles. Families light candles in their home and decorate their flat roofs with candles to show that Jesus is the light of the world.
How to Make Indian Small World Scene
I created a small world play scene to illustrate for my children how Christmas is celebrated in some Indian homes.
I used Indian coloring pages found here and here to create the family characters. Once colored, I glued them onto thick paper. Then glued them onto a toilet paper roll. I realize some parts of their Indian dress depicted in the pictures are traditional to Hindu families, but most of the outfit is typical Indian wear for special occasions.
A small box with windows and doors cut out made the home. Tea lights were added to decorate the home for Christmas. A bowl of glass marbles represented sweet treats that families give to guests visiting their home for the holidays. Lastly, a manger with baby Jesus was included because families display a manger in the home.
How to Make Manger Window Decorations
We made manger window decorations to represent how Christian Indian families often place a manger in the front window of their homes during Christmas.
To make Jesus in the manger window decorations, you will need watercolor paint, paintbrushes, coffee filters, black construction paper and glue.
Paint the coffee filters with watercolor paint and allow to dry. Cut out three shapes for the silhouette – star, semi circle and baby Jesus. Glue the shapes onto the coffee filter. Tape to a window to display your manger scene.
I hope you enjoyed your virtual trip to India to celebrate Christmas. The Educators’ Spin on It is, also, sharing Indian Christmas traditions and created a lovely Hindi Christmas Ornament. Tomorrow, the Christmas tour will be heading to the United States of America over at Growing a Jeweled Rose
Be sure to stop by Living Life Intentionally to learn about how other countries celebrate Christmas, and she created a beautiful learning tool for children with the FREE Christmas Around the World Ebook and FREE Printable Passport.