Christmas celebrated with gaiety in Udupi district

Dec 26, 2017, 01:14
Christmas celebrated with gaiety in Udupi district

Christmas was celebrated with religious fervour, gaiety and devotion across the state on Monday, with prayers being offered in Churches since midnight.

The churches as well as the homes of the Christian community have been decorated and Christmas trees have also been installed. The church has also been decorated with balloons and paper lanterns.

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.

Other churches in the city including Saint Luke's Church and All Saints' Church, oldest church of Jammu Kashmir in north Kashmir's Baramulla, Saint Joseph's Church and Saint Mary's Church in Gulmarg witnessed similar gatherings.

Chief Minister Mehbooba took to twitter and greeted people on the eve of Christmas. "I hope that the holy occasion is an omen of communal harmony, love for humanity & compassion for all across the world".

The Bishop conveyed his Christmas wishes and prayed for worldly peace and prosperity. It is about learning to live in peace and harmony and accepting that we all are God's children.

Qassemi referred to the "elimination of one of the most reactionary terrorists groups, which was regarded as one the most flagrant manifestations of Wahhabism in the contemporary era", and said "the world next year will undoubtedly be safer and more handsome for all Christians of the world". "Although we will be able to see snow at Gulmarg, but fresh snowfall on this day adds to the beauty of the festival", a group of tourists from Delhi said. He, along with other priests, marched in a procession as they carried the Infant Jesus from the Church and placed it in the crib.

A large number of people thronged the Annai Velankanni church at Besant Nagar in the city, offered prayers and exchanged greetings.

"#MerryChristmas to all of you".

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