People from different walks of life share their views on Christmas 2019
MITRA PHUKAN, Author
“Peace on earth, goodwill to all”. This, to me, is the essence of Christmas, an all-encompassing message in these times of strife. In many homes across India, this inclusive festival is celebrated in ways big and small, no matter what one’s own faith is.
I have always loved the devotional music around Christmas, and whenever possible, I attend a Mass in Church at this time. There’s always carols playing at home. Voices uplifted in joy celebrating the birth of the Saviour move me immensely. And then, the Christmas traditions, exchanging gifts and having Christmas cakes, hanging a star in front of our homes. Such joy, such love.
A very Happy Christmas to all, and a Peaceful 2020.
NURUL ISLAM LASKAR, PR Person
Many of us who grew up in Shillong of the post-Independence years also grew up with the spirit of Christmas well injected in our blood. Christmas is all-embracing and all-inclusive, very few other festivals being so. In my later life, I served in different places in Mizoram and Nagaland, and got the opportunity to take part in Christmas festivities, always very musical and heart-warming. Christmas is essentially a festival of the Christians, but it breaks the religious barrier and touches all. Any Indian who walks through the nooks and corners of the Park Street in Kolkata during the Christmas season would get a feel of it. I wish all our festivals had a touch of inclusiveness like that of Christmas.
FLORENCE HANDIQUE RABHA, television anchor
For me Christmas marks the beginning of the eagerly awaited festive season. It’s a celebration of joy, hope and goodness of mankind – that must be shared with others. I believe in the true Christmas spirit of sharing happiness – especially with those less fortunate.
Our festivities begin from my school. I feel truly blessed when I see the glee on the faces of my young children as they unwrap their gifts.
At home, our daughter takes delight in decorating the Christmas tree many days ahead and hubby gets busy with the popular songs of Jim Reeves. Friends drop in for bonfire, jamming and dinner.
Merry Christmas, friends!
RANA SAFVI, historian and author
Jesus is the one of most mentioned Prophets in the Quran : in 25 verses as Isa and 6 times as the messiah.
Note: Mohammed is mentioned only four times as Mohammed and once as Ahmed.
Moses is the most mentioned Prophet.
Mary is the only woman mentioned by name in the Quran and a chapter of the Quran is named after her.
No other woman has that honour. It’s reserved for Mary.
Jesus is often called Ibn e Mariyam
We were advised to read Sura Mariyam during pregnancy
NAHID ISLAM, Psychiatrist
The festival of Christmas always brings to my mind a mood of cheer, merriment and gaiety. The pleasant weather at this time of the year, the thoughts of the upcoming new year makes one feel so happy and relaxed. Christmas for me has always been special. Having had my education in a convent school, I have so many beautiful memories of Christmas being celebrated in my school.
We used to have lot of fun collecting the sweets and goodies doled out to us by Santa Claus (one of our dear teachers always), singing Christmas carols and playing games. Also, at home where we used to stay close to a church nearby, I loved the beautiful Christmas lights and decorations there and always made it a point to visit the church during Christmas. I wish all a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year and pray for peace, love and friendship to prevail.
PATRICIA MUKHIM, Journalist
As Christmas dawns on us I wish all friends, foes, detractors and haters the peace and goodwill that this season brings. As hell politics divides us but if we rise to the realisation that it’s humanity above all that needs to be healed, all the politics of the world would look so insignificant. Happy Christmas.
RAJNI BASUMATARY, Filmmaker
For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
(Isaiah 9:6 &7)
Jesus is the Prince of Peace as referred to in the above Bible passage. And peace is the need of the hour. Jesus has never been more relevant.
LONGNIT TERANG, Police Officer
Christmas means love and only love…nothing more nothing less.
RATNA SINGH, Naturalist
Christmas used to be exciting since I was a child – solely on the account of the presents and the school holidays synonymous with this time of year. But today, All I can think of is this sermon from a film. ” We can’t go around measuring goodness by what we don’t do, by what we deny ourselves, what we resist and whom we exclude. We’ve got to measure goodness by what we embrace, what we create and whom we include.” Very profound and so apt. Merry Christmas!