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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2967

Merry Christmas!

Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…

The storms that started battering most parts of the United Kingdom did spoil the fun of the inhabitants of British Isles to some extent, in terms of accidents and even unfortunate fatalities. It even hindered the movements of people to such an extent that High Streets on Christmas Eve looked deserted at some point.

However, the British, who are no strangers to resilience, took Nature’s wrath in their stride and made the best of it; they didn’t want the happiest time of the year to be ruined by unpredictable weather formations.

Gone are the days when ceremonies are endlessly iterated and misrepresented for the sake of tradition. Instead, Christmas, the most significant day of the year, is celebrated mainly in the spirit of fun in such a way that even non-Christians can seamlessly join in without making any fuss over it.

With this development, the celebrations scoff the notion that Christmas is the season of mirth and cold weather. On the contrary, the society, in general, turns Christmas into a day of victory while temporarily abandoning the issues that have been bothering them during the rest of the year. With this tendency, Christmas is slowly losing its spiritual spark only to be swamped by the tentacles of overpowering materialism.

The sky is dark and there are no signs of eerie dark night being punctuated by the fall of snowflakes to define serenity on a seasonal note. The aspiration of seeing a white Christmas still remains a distant dream for those of us, who chose to live in Southern England; the meadows, which once used to be covered by layers of snow for days, have resigned to embrace a thin coat of mist as a hollow substitute – and just for the early hours of the day.

On spiritual front, the Church of England, which once enjoyed a huge influence over the Christians in Britain at this time of the year, in an unusual move , is talking about the ‘threats’ faced by the Christians in Britain, when it comes to expressing their individual spiritual position with regard to their faith. Pope Francis, meanwhile, wants Christians to shun pride and selfishness in order to open their hearts to God.

On positive side, Christmas is still capable of preserving what is left of age-old traditions – to some extent, of course. Most families, if not all, still consider Christmas as an opportunity for them to get together and have a quality time.

It is especially striking time for the elderly people, who otherwise may feel being neglected in a society, which is increasingly obsessed with the significance of being known as a cluster of individuals, who are willing to smash the very fabric that used to hold them together at the earliest opportunity.

The Asian Tribune wishes its readers, merry Christmas!

- Asian Tribune -

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