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Christmas celebrated with hopes of love, peace and harmony

26 December 2017, 01:37 | Katrina Lee

Christmas celebrated with hopes of love, peace and harmony

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Father Roy told Kashmir Reader that this year's Christmas celebration was more cheerful than the previous year's.

"This helps to kind of bring us back, not just for family and fellowship, but true worship of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." says Interim Pastor at First Baptist Church of Meridian Scott Hummel.

The Crib and the special ship on which a model of Santa Claus was displayed attracted everyone's attention.

As a part of Trinity Presbyterian's Christmas Eve Vespers service, Christ Candles were given to church members to light and place at the church's alter.

Christmas carols were sung before the mass at the churches. "Christmas is celebrated grandly all over the city".

The streets of Panaji and Margao, the two main cities of Goa, were packed with vehicles till the wee hours as people participated in the traditional dance parties after the prayer service.

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Christian community across Jammu and Kashmir, like elsewhere in world, celebrated Christmas with religious fervor and enthusiasm with praying for peace and prosperity for Kashmir.

The midnight mass at St Joseph's Cathedral was conducted in Hindi but the morning prayer service was held in both English and Hindi.

"On Christmas, we pray for world peace and love and wish that the Lord showers happiness and peace on all".

He said special New Year celebrations were also being held at Pahalgam to promote Pahalgam also as a winter tourist destination that otherwise is considered to be a summer resort.Hafeez said this year, a snow festival would also be held at Patnitop.

The festival mood was also visible in Mumbai.

Decoration of Christmas trees with colourful lights, special prayers and distribution of gifts among children and exchange of pleasantries are the main features of the day's festivities. A 65-feet, or as tall as a seven-storey building, pine conifer at a society in Worli attracted visitors, for its tag of being Indias tallest fully decorated Christmas tree.



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