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Odisha Celebrates Christmas with Joy and Fervour

Odisha Celebrates Christmas with Joy and Fervour

Another Christianity follower said, "We celebrated the Jesus Christ birth with pomp and gaiety". Before the downpours began, modest numbers of onlookers mulled about Manger Square and a steady stream of visitors paid respects at the Church of the Nativity.

Irrespective of the religion, people from various walks of life joined in to witness the grand celebration at the church.

Archbishop of Goa and Daman, Filipe Neri Ferrao, in his message, appealed to the people to spread the message of peace, love and harmony.

The celebrations this time were more upbeat compared to a year ago.

"We then come to church and pray to the lord to fulfill all our dreams", he added. "We played different games that we had never even seen or heard of".

Monday morning, St. Charles Catholic Church in Lima held their Christmas Day Mass. According to several media reports, mostly tourists, including foreigners, prayed inside the church in Gulmarg, gathering there despite the harsh cold and several feet of snow.

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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.

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.

However, people missed "White Christmas" as there was no snowfall in the Valley.

The tree, located at a garden in Adarsh Nagar society in South Mumbais Worli area, has been decorated with over 10,000 lights, bells, images of reindeer and snowmen, and a waving Santa Claus.

Governor NN Vohra also extended Christmas greetings and said that "over the past centuries, the teachings of Jesus Christ, the apostle of peace, compassion and brotherhood, have guided human beings on the path of righteousness".

Director General of Police SP Vaid expressed hope that the festival will bring joy and happiness among the people of the state, including to the police personnel.