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‘Tis the season.
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In photos: How India is getting ready for Christmas

By Maria Thomas

As Christmas Eve approaches, the festive spirit is spreading across India.

Though Christians account for just over 2% of the country’s population, millions of Indians of different religions celebrate the holiday every year, decorating their homes with stars and lights, and feasting on traditional treats.

From the end of November itself, vendors across India start selling Santa hats, Christmas trees, and ornaments in every colour. Local bakeries also do brisk business, selling hundreds of plum cakes and mince pies.

Here are some photos of the run-up to Christmas in India in 2018:

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An Indian man and children dressed as Santa Claus dance to participate in a procession to celebrate Christmas in Jammu, the winter capital of Jammu & Kashmir, India.
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A man dressed as Santa Claus takes part in a Christmas procession in Jammu.
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Indian vendors sell Christmas-related merchandise at a public square in Kolkata, on Dec.17.
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An Indian family takes a selfie with Santa in Kolkata.
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Vendors sell Santa Claus hats and glasses in Kolkata.
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Santa Claus caps and masks for sale in Bhopal, the capital of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.
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A worker gives finishing touches to a model of Santa Claus inside a workshop in Kolkata.
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People buy decorative items for the upcoming Christmas holidays in Bengaluru.
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As part of the celebrations, Indians hang stars at the entrances to their homes. Here, a shopkeeper displays a variety of Christmas stars.
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A vendor arranges Santa Claus puppets in Bengaluru.
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Christmas goodies for sale at a market area in Kolkata.
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Indian vendors sell Santa Claus masks and caps on a street in Hyderabad.
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A person dressed as Santa Claus distributes sweets to inmates during Christmas celebrations inside Kot Bhalwal jail, on the outskirts of Jammu, India.
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Children cheer around men dressed as Santa Claus during Christmas celebrations inside their school in Agartala, in India’s Tripura state.