CHRISTMAS DAY SPEACIAL DAY
CHRISTMAS ,christmas festival celebrating the birth of jusus. the english term christmas (” mass on chris’ s day”) is of fairly recent origin. the earlier term yule may have derived form the Germanic jol or the anglo- saxon geol, which referred to the corresponding terms in other languages – navidad in spanish ,natale in italian ,noel in french – all probably denote nativity . the greman word weihnachten denotes ” hallowed night .” since the early 20th century ,christmas has also been a secular family holiday observed by christmas and non-christmas alike ,devoid of christian elements and marked by an increasingly elaborate exchange of gifts.in this secular christmas celebration , a mythical figure named santa claus plays the pivotal role. christmas is celebrated on friday, december 25,2020
ORIGIN AND DEVELOPMENT
THE early christmas community distinguished between the identification of the date of jesus’ birth and the liturgical celebration of that event. the actual observance of theday of jesus birth was long incoming .in particular ,during the first two centuries of christianity there was strong oposition to recognizing birthdays of martyrs should be honoured on the days of their martyrdom their true birthdays form thr curch’s perspective.
What Is Christmas?
christmas was traditionally a cristmas festival celebrating the birth of jesus ‘but in the early 20th century’ it also become a secular family holiday ,observed b christmas and non-christmas alike .the secular holiday is often devoid of christian elements , with mythical figure santa claus playing the pivotal role.
When Is Christmas Celebrated?
christmas is celebrated by many christmas on december 25 in the gregorian calendar for eastern orthodox churches that continue to use the julian calender for liturgical observances,this date corresponds to january 7 on the gregorian calendar. gifts are exchanged onchristmas eve in most european countries and on christmas morning in north America.
How Is Christmas Celebrated?
christians and non christians participate in some of the most popular christmas traditions,many of which have no origins in christianity .these customs include decorating evergreen trees –or ,in indian ,mango or bamboo trees feasting (picnic and fireworks are poppular in warm climates ) and exchanging gifts on christmas eve or christmas morning.
Does Christmas Have Pagan Roots?
In ancient rome december 25 was a celebration of the unconquered sun, making the return of longer days it followed saturnalia , a festival where peaple feasted and exchanged gifts the church in rome began celebrating christmas on december 25 in the 4th century during thr reign of constantine the first christian emperor, possibly to weaken pagan traditions.
Did Christmas Start In Germany?
christmas did not start in germany but many of the holiday’ straditions began there including decorating trees the celebratin of christmas started inrome about 336 but it did not become a mojar cristian festival until the 9th century.
The precise origin of assigning december 25 as the birth date of jesus is unclear. the new teatament provides no clues in this regard. december 25 was first identified as the date of jesus birth by sextus julius africanus in 221 and later become the universally accepted date .one widespread explanation of the origin of this date is that december 25 was the christianzing od the dies solis invicti natti (“day of the birth of the unconquered sun”) a popular hilday in the roman empire that celebrated the winter solstices as a symbol of the resurgence of the sun the casting away o winter and the heralding of the rebirth of spring and summer.indeed,after december 25 had become widely accepted as the date of jesus’birth christian writers frequently made the connection between the rebirth of the sun and the birth of the son one of the difficulties with this view is that it suggests a nonchalant willingness on the part of the christian chruch to appropriate a pagan festival when the early chruch was so intent on distinguishingg itself categoriscally form pagan beliefs and practices.a second view suggests that december 25 become the date of jesus birth by a priori reasoning that identified the spring equinox as the date of the creation of the world and the fourth day of creation when the lights was created as the day of jesus conception december 25 nine months later then becomes the dates of jesus birth for a long time the celebration of jesus birth was observed in conjunction with his baptism celebrated january 6. christmas began to be widely celebrted with a specific liturgy in the 9th century but did not attain the liteurgical importance of either good friday or easter the other two major christian holidays roman catholic churches celebrate the first christmas mass at midnight and protestant churches have increasingly held christmas candlelights service late on the evining of december 24. a speacial service of lessons and carols interwines christmas carols with scripture reading narrating salvation history form the fall in the garden of eden to the coming of christ. the service inaugurated by E.W.BENSON and adopted at the university of cambridge has become widely popular.