25 December 2007

Merry Christmas!

PHOTO S. RAMESH KURUP

Friends have asked me if Christmas is celebrated in India. Christians make up 2.3% of the population. So that means 24 million people in India are celebrating Christmas today, which is a national holiday. You can tell who is celebrating Christmas by the big, colourful star lanterns made out of paper which are hung outside Christian homes and shops. At night these are lit, adding colours and lights to the neighbourhood.

2 comments :

Sandy said...

I had no idea Christians make up 2/3 of the population. That really surprises me. I love Hindu... everything about it.

Isabel said...

Hi Sandy, thanks for your message! That's 2.3% and not 2/3 - a small percentage but quite a few million nonetheless!