Merry-making, drinking and eating the best of culinary dishes are some of the enjoyable aspects of Christmas in the God’s Own Country of Kerala. With a lot of famous churches around, Christmas celebrations in Kerala is always on a high spirit. As a religious festival, let us understand its significance. It was St. Thomas (one of eh 12 apostles of Jesus Christ), who came to Kerala as Muziris to develop seven and a half churches in Kerala. Out of those seven, Mar Thoma Church and Jacobite Church are still operational that makes the visitors delve deep into the historical magnificence. In fact, the tourists get to see celebrations carried out in traditional Syrian style.
With the advent of Portuguese and Europeans, the celebrations got modified a bit with a modern touch. What make Kerala standing to be a vibrant place in the time of Christmas are the decorations that add value to the place. As the celebrations begin, it is time for the family reunions that starts with midnight masses, which is followed by a big festive lunch on the Christmas Day. The lunch and dinner parties mostly consist of non- vegetarian food that really adds vibrant taste to the culinary presentation. With churches and streets decorated lavishly, the lightening systems are worth watching in the town. Indeed, the tourists coming to Kerala can check out traditional to modern Christmas practices over.
When it comes to visiting specialized places in Kerala on Christmas Eve or Christmas, one of the prominent places to visit in Kerala is Kochi. With lots of churches, it is decorated extensively as every street around the churches shines like stars in the night. Kochi is one of the main attractions at the time of Christmas because one can visit a variety of churches like St. Francis Church, St. George Ferona Church, Santa Cruz Basilica and even Holy Koonan Cross Church are the churches that are exclusively decorated along with others in the town. The tourists can enjoy Indira Gandhi Boat Race at this time and also indulge in Cochin Carnival.
Another destination in Kerala to check out is its capital Trivandrum that offers lushly bedecked churches like St. Mary’s Cathedral, Madre De Deus and St. Joseph Cathedral. Here people indulge in fine dining and wine that makes the celebrations more exotic. Indeed, further destination to be enjoyed in Kerala at Christmas is Kovalam. Being a beach town, it offers extensive view of fun-filled beach activities and the trees are also painted exclusive with Santa Face pictures. Moreover, enjoying excellent discounts over the food in various restaurants adds more excitement at the time of Christmas Eve and the main day of Christmas.