Christmas celebrated with enthusiasm, fervour in J&K

Posted December 26, 2017

The arrival of Santa Claus added to the celebrations.

At the stroke of midnight, the chime of the church bells filled the air as the Bishop of Mysore Diocese Rev. Dr. K.A. William placed the idol of Infant Jesus in the crib, which was specially prepared within the church premises.

Chief Minister Mehbooba took to twitter and greeted people on the eve of Christmas. At one of the events, Kejriwal emphasised the significance of communal harmony, nullifying the role of place for "hatred" in a civil society.

As Christmas is being celebrated with fervour and gaiety across the world and India, celebrations are witnessed in Hyderabad as well.

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Amid the gripping festive fervour, churches in the city held midnight mass and members of the Christian community merrily welcomed Christmas on Monday.

The Tourism Department had made elaborate arrangements for making the festival grand lighting up lanterns and organizing cultural programmes. The head priests gave sermons on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ who gave world the message of peace, brotherhood and love.

The celebrations that commenced today will now continue in the beach state till the New Year. "We wish peace to every brother and sister", he said.

It offers us a break from the worries of the everyday world and a chance to focus on things that really matter - the people we love and the communities we care about.

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Father Prasanna Kumar Pradhan in his message said Christmas celebration symbolises culmination of all ill-feelings towards fellow beings.

Apart from the midnight mass, which is also known as vigil mass, Christmas Day mass was held on Monday.

Although one of the first of many angry responses by Palestinians to US President Donald Trump's declaration that Jerusalem is the Israeli capital was to "unplug" the Christmas tree in Bethlehem's Manger Square and "cancel Christmas" in the holy city, the festivities were interrupted more by the weather than by the political moment.

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