Karácsony Indiában

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Christmas in India

 

Fill in the gaps with the following words to read about Indian Christmas customs.

a) feast

e) flat

i) homemade

b) banana

f) midnight

j) compared to

c) over

g) religious

k) cart

d) in

h) between

l) churches

 

Compared to other 1 ………………… festivals, Christmas is quite a small festival in India, due to the number of people who are Christians (about 2.3%) 2 ………………… people who belong to other religions. Having said this, the population of India is over 1 Billion, so there are 3 ………………… 25 million Christians in India!

4 ………………… mass is a very important service for Christians in India, especially Catholics. The whole family will walk to the mass and this will be followed by a massive 5 ………………… of different delicacies, (mostly curries) and the giving and receiving of presents. 6 ………………… in India are decorated with Poinsettia flowers and candles for the Christmas Eve Midnight Mass service.

In India, Father Christmas delivers presents to children from a horse and 7 …………………. Instead of having traditional Christmas trees, a 8 ………………… or mango tree is decorated (or whatever tree people can find to decorate). Sometimes people use mango leaves to decorate their homes. In Southern India, Christians often put small oil burning clay lamps on the 9 ………………… roofs of their homes to show their neighbours that Jesus is the light of the world.

Christians in Mumbai often display a manger 10 ………………… a front window and there's great competition in making the nativity scene. Also families go to great lengths to hang giant paper lanterns, in the shape of stars, 11 ………………… the houses so that the stars float above you as you walk down the road. Every household also makes sure that they have a stock of 12 ………………… sweets ready for visitors.

source: www.whychristmas.com

answers: 1-g 2-j 3-c 4-f 5-a 6-l 7-k 8-b 9-e 10-d 11-h 12-i

 

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