The festive and holiday season is here. Carols, dance, decorations, music and of course food is the most special reason to celebrate the holiday season. We get a reason to unite and come together with our family and friends and cherish all the good times. Let’s explore few facts about our lovely festival of Christmas.
Christmas on 25th of December:
Christmas is celebrated on 25th December to remember the birth of Jesus Christ. Interestingly the first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was somewhere around 336AD, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. This day was chosen because according to early Christian tradition the date of Annunciation (when Mary was told that she would have a very special baby, Jesus) was on 25th March. The date of Christmas falls exactly nine months after 25th march.
Also the early Romans considered this date very near to when the winter solstice occurred. The Jewish festival of Lights called Hanukkah starts on the 25th of December. So this date marks the beginning of many auspicious events and celebrated widely.
The evergreen Christmas Tree:
The evergreen tree was an ancient symbol of life in the midst of winter. These evergreen plants were also considered as a source to keep the ghosts, evil energies and illness away. These evergreen trees were also a ray of hope for the winters and a wait for greenery in spring again. Early Romans marked the solstice with a feast called the Saturnalia in honour of Saturn, the god of agriculture. The practice of Christmas tree began from 14th and 15th century but became widely common in 17th century in Germany and parts of Australia. From German settlers the trend came in United States.