How are Christmas Eve and Christmas Day like in hundreds of Western cities where Christianity is the majority religion (even though many people don't necessarily follow it in a traditional sense)?
It's a quiet, rather very quiet affair. Cities are at a standstill, and families cosily huddled up in their homes, enjoying food, warmth, and laughter.
But that is so not the case in India, or I should say urban India.
Christians are a minority in India constituting only 2.3% of the population. But all the large cities are buzzing during Christmas with shopping malls being jam packed, Santa hats being sold on stop lights.
My apartment complex had organized a huge Christmas Eve Party yesterday with hundreds of kids and youngsters dancing. A friend turned down a catch-up lunch today (Christmas Day), because there would be chaos and traffic jams all over the city (New Delhi) today! Having witnessed many Christmas' in the US, I find this phenomenon a bit strange, if not bizarre.
Is it the Consumerism and marketing push that is leading to it? I know my fellow Indians are big on secularism, so is that driving it? Either way, it's a delight to witness the energy and buzz in the city on this day.