Christmas celebrated with gaiety in Udupi district

Dec 26, 2017, 01:36
Christmas celebrated with gaiety in Udupi district

The impressively decorated churches lent a festive spirit to the occasion of celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.The people also distributed candies and burst crackers.

On Christmas Eve, people across various states are gearing up to celebrate the Pagan holiday.

The prayer meetings were held in various churches including the St Mary's Garrison Church Gandhi Nagar, CNI Church Residency Road, St Peter's Church and all other churches. Officially, the decision had been made by Palestinian leadership to limit celebrations to religious observances, but a number of pundits expressed a common belief that after "days of rage" marked by violent street rallies, people sought to avoid the possibility of a raucous [read dangerous] outpouring and stayed home. Midnight payers were organised in all churches in the district.

In Kerala, which has a sizable Christian population, special prayers, midnight masses and low key festivities today marked Christmas as the state witnessed massive devastation and loss of life due to cyclone Ockhi last month. The prayers were followed by distribution of candies and cutting of cakes.

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Christmas was celebrated on Monday in Jammu and Kashmir with traditional enthusiasm and religious fervour with members of the small population of Christians in the valley thronging churches for Mass as special prayers were held for world peace.

Hundreds of Christians, including women and children, assembled at the Holy Family Catholic Church to celebrate the festival and participated in special prayers.

Churches and school buildings were decorated with multi-colour buntings, balloons and lights.

Among the believers were tourists from different parts of the country and world who joined the locals on the auspicious day and prayed for world peace and brotherhood.

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"We then come to church and pray to the lord to fulfill all our dreams", he added.

Another devotee, Vijay, said, "Christmas is a festival of giving".

Hafeez said skiing and snowboarding championships would also be held during the winter season. The Christmas celebrations began with midnight mass late on Saturday night in all the churches of Hyderabad. "We do not care for each other and we do not have the courage to show humanity", the pastor said. The prime message, as the saying goes, is to bring peace and prosperity, irrespective of one's religion.

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