The first year in Mumbai during Christmas had me greatly disoriented. It was my first-ever warm Christmas. Yes. Growing up in Shillong, Christmas had always been under freezing conditions there. Post marriage, Delhi was somewhat better but cold nonetheless. And so, 2007’s Christmas, had me asking myself rather amused, “So you don’t need to wear sweaters during Christmas here?”. Haha…
You don’t need warm clothing — That was pretty much the first thing I discovered about Christmas in Mumbai. (Although last year, Mumbai too had shivered and we did need light stoles and jackets) Over the years, as our enchantment with Mumbai grew, we discovered many more useful and interesting, both, information about Mumbai’s X-mas rituals. And hence, a series of blogs on this warm festival in Mumbai. I start with Mount Mary’s Basilica in Bandra, Mumbai.
Run up to the Christmas Week in Mount Mary’s Basilica in Bandra: The sprucing up, special-mass preparations, decorations inside the Basilica, putting up of lights is already underway by now. The Basilica will be open for darshan from 8 am to 1pm and 2pm to 8.30pm on weekdays, and from 10.30 am to 8.30 pm on Sundays.
Christmas Eve @Mount Mary’s Basilica in Bandra: The Basilica will be open for darshan from 8 am to 1pm and 2pm to 8.30pm. Come to see Jesus’s crib depicting the Nativity scene. Carol singing will start from 11.30 pm on 24th Dec followed by midnight mass.
Christmas Day @Mount Mary’s Basilica in Bandra: Mass timings on the 25th will be 7.30 am, 8.30 am and 9.30 am. The Basilica will be open for darshan whole day. Make sure you light candles on the street outside in front of the cross.
Mass Timings For New Year’s Eve @Mount Mary’s Basilica in Bandra: There will be midnight mass at the Chruch on the evening of 31st December. Be there by 11.30 pm so that you get a good place to seat or stand.
Mass Timings For New Year (2014) @Mount Mary’s Basilica in Bandra: On January 1st, mass will be held at 8.30 am, 9.30 am and 10.30 am at the @Mount Mary’s Basilica in Bandra. There won’t be any evening Mass though.