EYEAFRICA TV: Rome, ITALY: Pope Francis will lead Christmas Eve Mass at the Vatican any moment from now.
Tens of thousands of Catholics from around the world attend the traditional “Midnight Mass” at the Basilica of St Peter, to ring in Christmas and celebrate the birth of Jesus.
Christmas is an annual celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. It is celebrated by both Christians and other faiths all over the world.
It is a time when family and friends will come together and remember the good things they have, and a moment of sharing and caring.
The popular customs of celebrating Christmas include gift-giving, sending holiday cards, Christmas trees and lights, carolling, feast and church celebrations. And Just like Muslim feasts, Christmas is also headed by the Christian priest during communion.
The name ‘Christmas’ comes from the Mass of Christ (or Jesus). A Mass service (which is sometimes call Communion is where Christians remember that Jesus died for them and then came back to life.
Christians have been celebrating Jesus’ birth every December 25, since at least the early fourth century. The first evidence of its observance is in Rome, Italy in 336 CE. The earliest Christians do not appear to have commemorated the nativity of Christ, but only the baptism and resurrection of Christ and the deaths of the martyrs.