Dhaka, Bangladesh
X-Mass celebrations-2017

X-Mass celebrations-2017

By Sujayendra Das

Every year during the 25th day of English calendar in the month of December year we celebrate X-Mass or Christmas Day celebrations all around the globe amidst the spirit of friendship and fraternities. Basically general people used to feel Christmas Day celebrations or X-Mass is a festival which belongs fully to the people of Christian religion, now with the passing away of time and space it has attained the status of an universal ones with people of all religions wholeheartedly participate in it. Throughout the world we are witnessing dramatic change in all fields of activities including the academic ones so also as regards the celebrations of festivities are concerned we are portraying X-Mass celebrations or Christmas Day celebrations into a universal one which vividly illustrates it into it. Same way in case of Id festivals of Muslim religion and Durga Puja or Kali Puja or Saraswati Puja of Hindu religion there takes place a universal participation. So during the day of X-Mass celebrations we all participate in this festivity along with our Christian and Muslim brethren. So in the midst of communal violence we find that this type of festivity bear utmost relevance in order to ensure communal peace and harmony in South Asian continent as well as in other parts of the globe. Moot point in this regard is that we must Christmas Day every year so devotedly that our societies should be peaceful throughout the globe. Impact of Christmas Day celebrations all around the globe: Basically Christmas Day celebrations was an European one, but now with the spread of time and situations we find that it has attained universal acclaim. Not only people of Christina religions even people from Muslim and Hindu religions also participate amidst the spirit of friendship and fraternities. The purpose is nothing but to put all humanities under one banner. This is because at the present juncture we are bypassing one of the most difficult situations in our India and also around the globe. We find that some disruptive elements have appeared in this eternity with an intention to disrupt the secular mentality among all of us. This temperament by those disruptive elements is not at all acceptable. Rather they should be taken to task severely. Like India as well as in our close door neighbors and rest of the globe when Christmas Day celebrations taking place we don't find any difference with our Christian brethren or Muslim brethren. Rather we do posses a feeling that we are all in the same boat brothers. The way communal violence is taking place in some parts of the globe is indeed a matter of concern. Our age old feeling of oneness has totally gone rather we are becoming badly ego centric and always developing vices upon others sometimes people of other religions too. This all of us must overcome rather we should be concerned about people of other religions and languages concerned. So celebrations of Christmas Day every year on December 25 glaringly indicates that give up narrow minded mentality rather we must broaden our mind with the blessings of Lord Jesus or Prophet Mohammad or even Ma Durga so that in future our narrow minded mental makeup does not appear again in this eternity. All of us should maintain transparent outlook so that our society gears up for new vision. Rabindra Nath Tagore on Christmas Day celebrations: We are well aware of that Poet and Noble Laureate Rabindra Nath Tagore was very much against colonial rule but was instrumental in illuminating the lives of humanities from all quarters. He always preached the doctrine of secularism that people of all religions and languages should dwell in this eternity with a pious soul that all of us have positive bent of mind about people of other religions and languages. Same way as per the celebrations of Christmas Day is concerned he highlighted in bolt and blue that the teachings of Lord Jesus bears a secular attire so that we give up the feeling of vices upon people of other religions and languages so as to pray for human wellbeing in this eternity. So likewise in rest of the world Christmas Day is celebrated with a positive or pure mind that none of us should have vices upon others. That is why Rabindra Nath Tagore has coined a memorable song on the occasion 'Ek din jara merechilo Tara giye-----'is still regarded as the quintessential one of such composition. This composition by this bard was sung by leading Rabindra Sangeet singers of both sides of the fence. Till date this particular composition is remained in the history of Rabindra Sangeet. Despite Rabindra Nath Tagore's pejorative attitude towards colonial aggression but he always portrayed communal amity among people of all religions and languages all around the globe. That is why Christmas celebrations or X-Mass celebrations is observed in India wholeheartedly along with other countries of South Asian continent as well as in other parts of the globe. Books on Christmas Day celebrations: There are some books written on the occasion of Christmas Day celebrations. Some of the common ones are stated as follow: Little blue truck's Christmas Llama Llama Jingle Bells A birthday party for Jesus Home Alone- Classic Illustrated story book Geko Saves Christmas Pick a Pine Tree How do Dinosaurs say Merry Christmas? Mortimer's Christmas Manger Common rituals of X-Mass celebrations: Every year during the X-Mass celebrations all over India we find that clothes are distributed among poor people so that they remain happy throughout the lives. Some even distributes cakes and pastries to them in order to nurture their lives to new dimension. In most of the shops in India we find that Christmas tree has been built up so that from the tree many gifts are handed over to the children. Some even send X-Mass greetings and New Years Greetings Card to our close relatives along with friends and foes wishing all of them a very happy and prosperous New English calendar year. This exchange of greetings brings all of us more closely to each other. That is why celebrations of Christmas Day every year is dearly relevant in order to imbibe the bonds of friendship and fraternities among all of us. Like Rabindra Nath Tagore another great son of undivided India always prayed for communal peace and harmony which still writs largely on the mind of rational and educated citizens of Independent India.

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