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WHY CHRISTMAS CELEBRATED ON DECEMBER 25TH?


WHY CHRISTMAS CELEBRATED ON DECEMBER 25TH? by 11ic Blog

The best time of the year is already here. The moment you step outside, there are Christmas trees and fairy lights everywhere, making red and green our favorite colors. From delicious Christmas cakes to exciting Christmas presents, Christmas brings out the best in us every year for all the right reasons.


The Merry Christmas 2022 holiday season is upon us and preparations are in full swing. Christmas is now celebrated by people all over the world on December 25th to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ. But few know why Christmas is celebrated on December 25th every year. Here's everything you need to know.


There are three possible reasons why December 25 was chosen to celebrate Christmas.


1️⃣First, the Roman Christian historian Sextus Julius Africanus dated the conception of Jesus to March 25, which is December 25 after nine months. Thus, the date of his birth was determined.


2️⃣The next is that Rome, a secular community, celebrated winter solace on December 25th of the 3rd century. This holiday marked the return of longer days after the winter solstice, but also followed the popular Roman festival called Saturnalia, during which people celebrated and exchanged gifts.

3️⃣The third is that believers in Rome began to recognize Christmas on December 25, 336 AD. due to the rule of Constantine. Constantine supported the Christian faith in Rome and some thought it was a political move to reduce pagan celebrations in the country.


The date was not a random choice. Many historians believe that both the Pope and the Emperor liked this date because it coincided with pagan celebrations celebrating the winter solstice, dating back centuries.


How did Christmas get its name?


Every year, billions of people around the world celebrate Christmas Day in their own way, but where exactly does the word "Christmas" come from?


The name 'Christmas' comes from the Mass of Christ or Jesus. A mass service (sometimes called a Communion or Eucharist) is where Christians remember that Jesus died and then came back to life.


There you have it! So, where ever you may be, and whatever traditions you follow, we from 11ic, wishing you a Merry Christmas and the Happy New Year!

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