No wonder I love to travel!
Thursday, January 1, 2015
Friday, December 26, 2014
|Life sized Santa|
For the first time, I witnessed the festive frenzy in Mumbai, during this time of the year. Many stalls have been set up and have a variety of Christmas decorations for sale.
Also, many of the hotels were all decorated to its glory!
A sneak peak into the festivities in Powai, Mumbai.
|Neatly packed decorations and shimmer|
|More to adore the Tree!|
|Foldable Christmas trees.|
|Carol singing at Meluha, The Fern, Powai. I enjoyed singing along with them, a couple of carols.|
|The Christmas flower|
|White Christmas tree|
|Ready for celebrations!|
|The lighted Tree!|
- Meister Eckhart, 13th century Christian mystic
|Time for gifts ! Beautifully painted on the exterior glass wall of Haiko Mall, Powai, Mumbai|
However she showed me a circular provided by her school which conveyed to me the true significance of Christmas (and was explained by her class teacher to the students), as follows:
'Christmas is a festival that celebrates the "gift of giving", a tradition, a culture, a human nature.'
The parents were requested to contribute goodies and useful articles generously for the orphan children and make someone's day 'a happy one with a smile'!
|Festive decoration at Haiko Mall, Powai, Mumbai|
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Last week, I happened to witness the Christmas decorations in Nagoya, Japan. December 25, is not an official holiday in Japan. However, the big commercial corporations do decorate their buildings and the surrounding areas. And there are celebrations around....
December 23 happens to be a national holiday in Japan as it is the current Emperor Akihito's birthday.
It is believed that Christmas was first celebrated in Japan since 1549 when Saint Francis Xavier visited Japan. Though the first recorded Christmas was a mass held by the Jesuit missionaries in Yamaguchi Prefecture in 1552, in Japan.