Odisha celebrates Christmas with gaiety and fervour

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Christmas was celebrated with traditional fervour in Odisha today as thousands thronged churches for special prayers.

In Gulmarg's Saint Mary's church, Santa Claus distributed chocolates and candies among the children. Faithful from all over the country gathered in large numbers at Shrine Basilica of our Lady of Health in Vailankanni and also New Jerusalem Church at Tarangambadi, the oldest protestant church in Asia, and offered prayers.

Earlier, choir group of Cathedral presented Christmas carols ushering the faithful to the festal Eucharistic Celebration. "I believe that there is only one God but the modes of worshiping the God are different". It was an awesome experience.

"Now-a-days" the celebrations of the Christmas has been commercialized.

Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew presided over a Christmas Day mass at Aya Yorgi Church in the courtyard of the patriarchate building. 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.

He said that Christians go door to door visiting their community and sing songs praising Jesus Christ prior to the grand day's celebrations.

Christians started prayers since Sunday midnight in churches, which were being decorated beautifully with electric lights. "We organise small functions on three Sundays of December", Michel said.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu participated at Christmas prayers, held in St Paul's Cathedral church, near Benz Circle here. With the sound of carol in the air and colourfully decorated churches, Christmas is celebrated with all its grandeur in the state as the festival of peace and joy. "Christmas spreads the message of love and peace", said Father David Vincent, vicar general and parish priest of St. Joseph's Cathedral. Peace in the Middle East in the shadow of the U.S.'s controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital dominated the prayers, along with hopes of the liberation of Christian communities across the region from persecution.

Christmas greetings to family members and friends were filled with lots of peace and love all over the country.

The Governor Kohli said that India has tradition to celebrate all the festivals with harmony and brotherhood.

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