Shirdi, a small town in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, has now become popular worldwide as the abode of India's most revered saint, Shri Sai Baba. One interesting fact about Shirdi is that it is home to one of the richest temple organizations in India. Many people, including devotees and tourists, have visited this holy town from distant places over the years. They travel long distances to Sai Baba Temple, in order to seek blessings of the revered saint, who lived in Shirdi between 1838 and 1918. Sai Baba has plenty of followers across the world belonging to different castes and religions.
Every year, a large number of tourists and devotees visit Shirdi during Christmas; as many of them, especially children, have their holidays around this time of the year. It is not a major festival of Shirdi, but there are many Christians among the tourists visiting this town. A Christmas celebration in Shirdi is generally a low-key affair for them, and is restricted to the places where they have booked their stay. Christians coming to Shirdi in mid-December would get an opportunity to celebrate the birthday of Jesus Christ in many of the resorts or hotels in Shirdi. They can have plenty of exciting stuff for their entire family on the occasion of this festival. On the day of Christmas, most of these hotels have special dishes for their guests. Some of them even plan certain events to celebrate this festival along with their guests and staff members.
There are many festivals celebrated in Shirdi by different communities, but the popular festivals are given much importance by local population. Any festival in Shirdi is celebrated with great joy, while the hotels of this town make sure that their guests feel completely at home during such festive occasions. This is also true in case of Christmas, which is observed by almost all countries of the world. During this festival, special delicacies are included in the menu of hotels, in addition to all the wonderful events held in them. These activities make the day truly memorable for all those who participate in such events.