India is a secular country that respects all religions and celebrates every festival with immense enthusiasm and zeal. The essence of these festivities is beyond any religion divide. Whether you are a Hindu, Sikh or a Muslim, when it comes to celebrations, people unite together to make it even more grandeur. Really makes me feel proud to be an Indian.
December is the time for celebrations. The sound of bells can be heard from distant and the Christmas vibe can be felt around everywhere. The birthday of Lord Jesus is commemorated in all the parts of the country. Christmas is the most awaited celebrations that spread the message of love and brotherhood. You can sniff at the delicious smell of the plum cakes and nearly everyone is busy doing Secret Santa. The mass prayers during Christmas is not a ritualistic affair, it gives you the true feel of the festivities. Hence take a look at these 6 places in India to attend midnight mass prayer on Christmas Eve.
1. St. Paul’s Cathedral, Kolkata
St. Paul’s Cathedral is the largest cathedral in the ‘City of Joy’ Kolkata and also Asia’s first Episcopal Church. Built in 1847, this church is the Seat of the Diocese and every year a large group of the Anglo-Indian community settled in Kolkata visit the place on Christmas Eve. The decorations done here are incredibly beautiful.
2. Sacred Heart Cathedral, Delhi
The Sacred Heart Cathedral is one of the largest and oldest churches present in the capital city of India. The Christmas celebrations here are extremely popular with the local Delhites and the midnight mass prayer is one of the biggest ceremonies held here.
Location: 1, Ashok Place, Near Gole Dakkana, New Delhi.
3. The Basilica of Bom Jesus, Goa
Built in old Goa, The Basilica of Bom Jesus is one of the finest remains of the baroque architecture in the country. Also being the first minor basilica in India, this church was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On Christmas Eve, Goans gather at this church to attend the midnight mass.
Location: Old Goa Rd, Bainguinim, Goa.
4. Christ the King Church, Kolkata
Christ the King Church is among the oldest Catholic churches in Kolkata that is also a popular place to attend the mass prayers. Even though it is located in midst of the bustling city, the quiet interiors of this place will make you feel serene and calm.
Location: 5, Syed Amir Ali Ave, Park Circus, Park Street Area, Kolkata.
5. Mount Mary’s Basilica, Mumbai
Located in Bandra, the Mount Mary’s Basilica is the most crowded and popular church in Mumbai. It is nearly 100 years old and the Mother Mary statue here is believed to be brought by Jesuit priests from Portugal during the 16th century. On Christmas eve the carols start here by 11:30 pm so make sure you are on time to grab a seat.
Location: Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount, Bandra West, Mumbai.
6. Cathedral Church of the Redemption, Delhi
The Cathedral Church of the Redemption in New Delhi is located close to the Rashtrapati Bhavan and was not open to the public until 1931. It is one of the oldest churches in the country that was visited by the Viceroy during the time of the British rule. People of all background flock in large number to attend the mass prayers here on Christmas Eve.
Location: 1, Church Road, North Avenue, New Delhi.