You all must be well aware of the festival called Christmas, right? Well, this day is widely observed as the birth anniversary of Jesus Christ. But did you know there are some similarities between Lord Krishna and Jesus Christ?
First, let me enlighten you with some interesting facts about Christmas.
The Term Christmas
Christmas is the Christian festival celebrating the birth of Jesus. The English term Christmas (“mass on Christ’s day”) is of fairly recent origin. During olden times, other names for Christmas were; ‘Midwinter’, ‘Nativity’ and ‘Yule’, ‘Feast day’ etc.
The shortened form of Christmas is “X mas” or “X mass”, is being used from 16 th century.
The ‘X’ in ‘X -mas’ refers to ‘Christ’ according to Greeks as it was derived from the Greek language.
How can the letter “X” stand for “Christ”?
In Greek, the language of the New Testament, the word Christos (Christ) begins with the letter “X,” or chi. Here’s what it looks like:
Twelve Holy Days
The period from December 25- January 5 is referred to as ‘Christmastide’ or ‘Twelve Holy Days’. During these days the families get together and sing carols and hymns and recite prayers.
The Three Wise Men
During this season, gifts are shared symbolizing the gifts given to Christ (p.b.h.u) by the three wise men.
The names of three wise men who visited Jesus Christ were Gaspar(or Caspar), Melchior and Balthazar.
The gifts are bought from the east of Israel in Arabia. This is one of the biggest facts about Christmas that too many people don’t know.
Santa Claus is the legendary figure who is the traditional patron of Christmas in the United States and other countries, bringing gifts to children.
It is said that his popular image is based on traditions associated with Saint Nicholas who was a 4th-century Christian saint.
Evergreen trees and plants have a special meaning for people during winter. Christmas trees are erected and decorated worldwide.
DID YOU KNOW– The largest floating Christmas tree in the world is in Rio Janeiro which is 278 feet tall?
Christmas trees usually grow for about 15 years before they can be sold. For every Christmas tree being harvested, one to three seedlings are planted in the following spring. It grows up to a height of 6 to 7 feet tall. It was commercially sold in the U.S. from the 1850s.
It is believed that Christmas tree decoration was first started in the 16th century in Germany. It was first decorated in Riga, Latvia, 1510. The tradition of using evergreen trees to celebrate winter started before the birth of Christ.
Yule trees go back in Pagan tradition. It is the other name for a Christmas tree. It was decorated initially with candles and stars.
Lord Krishna & Jesus Christ
Many Krishna devotees also celebrate Christmas, to offer respect to Lord Jesus, a pure and empowered preacher of God consciousness. They worship lord Jesus by dressing up Laddu Gopal in Santa Claus woollen dress.
Both Krishna and Jesus were born in difficult times and non-traditional environments -Krishna in a jail cell, Jesus in a stable. Both were threatened by evil kings as well.
They came to take us from darkness to light, to awaken us. They provided a form for us to love and worship.
Their similarity in names will leave you amazed. Christ comes from the Greek word “Christos” meaning “the anointed one.” Krishna in Greek is the same as Christos.
Swami Prabhupada says: “Whether you call God Christ, Krsta or Krishna, ultimately you are addressing the same Supreme Personality of Godhead.”