21 Oct Christmas In Asia
Would you be surprised to learn that Christmas is celebrated throughout Asia? In India, for example, Christmas has been a state holiday since the time of the British rule. And, as the West spreads its consumerism around the Globe, an increasing number of non-Christians in predominately Hindu and Buddhist India and other parts of Asia, now celebrate Christmas with the exchange of gifts and even sometimes Christmas trees.
For example, in Korea, non-Christian Koreans often celebrate Christmas with gift-giving, Christmas trees, and the exchange of Christmas cards. Christmas is similarly celebrated in places like China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao.
It might also surprise you to learn that the Asian country with the longest history of celebrating Christmas appears to be the Philippines, who have celebrated Christmas there going back all the way to the time of the Spanish occupation. Here, an enormous Christmas feast is celebrated after the Christmas Eve Mass.
It appears, however, that in these Asian countries, the celebration of Christmas is more a secular celebration than a religious observation, particularly for it’s non-Christian celebrants.
In most Muslim countries however, except for places like Jordan, celebrating the Christmas holidays is not done.