East Timor or Timor-Leste, officially the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, is a country in Southeast Asia. It comprises the eastern half of the island of Timor, the nearby islands of Atauro and Jaco, and Oecusse, an exclave on the northwestern side of the island, within Indonesian West Timor.
East Timor gained independence in the year 2002 from Indonesia.
Christmas Celebrations in East Timor :
Christmas in East Timor is celebrated as one of the most important festivals. Christmas in East Timor is a national holiday and marks the time when all get into the festive mood of Christmas. East Timor today happens to be one of the Roman Catholic Asian countries. 90% of the population of East Timor is Roman Catholic.
Christmas in East Timor is looked forward with eagerness by all. The celebration of this festival is marked by the exchange of gifts. Besides, Christmas in East Timor also consists of certain symbolic events like the display of the Nativity scenes and the use of holly and the Christmas tree. Nativity scene depicts Balthazar, Melchior, and Caspar, who were the three wise men.
They are shown as presenting the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. The Christmas tree is decorated with ornaments and lights. Christmas in East Timor brings in the feeling of love and peace. Christmas in East Timor also sees the arrival of Santa Claus with gifts either on the eve of Christmas or in the morning.
Wishing all readers Merry Christmas 2019 & Happy New Year 2020 !!!