Christmas celebrated in Odisha

Christmas celebrated in Odisha

After the fire accident which had damaged Holy Family Church Srinagar in 1967, the church celebrated Christmas after fifty years on Monday.The celebrations began with midnight mass prayers and people had decorated the Church with colourful buntings and balloons and wore a festive look.

Due to cyclone Ockhi that affected several people in the state, the Latin Catholic churches avoided celebrations.

The celebrations this time were more upbeat compared to past year.

In Gulmarg's Saint Mary's church, Santa Claus distributed chocolates and candies among the children.

The Tourism Department had made elaborate arrangements for making the festival grand lighting up lanterns and organizing cultural programmes.

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"We are disappointed that there was no snowfall on Christmas eve". We want to teach the kids that humanity is the greatest religion, and we should take part in each other's happiness and celebrations so that love and affection increases between us.

Shah said the officials of the Tourism department would also attend travel and trade fairs to woo more tourists to Kashmir.

May the spirit of Christmas be the harbinger of prosperity, abundance and peace in your lives.

"While it is a wonderful time of giving, because of the gift of Christ, and it is a wonderful time of fellowship with family, first and foremost it is about recognizing who Jesus is and worshiping Him", says Pastor Hummel. For members of the Christian faith, Christmas is the day that the son of God, Jesus Christ was born. Hope #Santa has been kind to those of you who've been good.

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