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Christmas celebrated with gaiety in Udupi district

Christmas celebrated with gaiety in Udupi district

Christmas was also celebrated with traditional gaiety and fervour in Tamil Nadu, with believers thronging churches, including the famous Santhome Basilica Church here, for special prayers and mass.

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

In some of the churches, the services concluded with the distribution of cake and coffee.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik wished the people of the state on the festive occasion. At one of the events, Kejriwal emphasised the significance of communal harmony, nullifying the role of place for "hatred" in a civil society.

Christian community people offering special prayers on the occasion of the Christmas Day on Monday, December 25, 2017.

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The churches as well as the homes of the Christian community have been decorated and Christmas trees have also been installed.

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

Starting from cattle shed to crucification, the life of Jesus Christ was depicted at the churches.

Although one of the first of many angry responses by Palestinians to US President Donald Trump's declaration that Jerusalem is the Israeli capital was to "unplug" the Christmas tree in Bethlehem's Manger Square and "cancel Christmas" in the holy city, the festivities were interrupted more by the weather than by the political moment.

Bishop conducted the prayer at St Joseph Cathedral church Golmuri and delivered the message. "We celebrate the festival in our own way here but our priority remains to propagate the message of love and peace", he said. "We have also prayed for good governance so that the benefits of government schemes reach the grass roots", said secretary of Emanuel Baptist Church, Sitaramdera, Samuel Mahapatra, referring to the Good Governance Day celebrated in the country on Sunday.

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