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With messages of peace Christmas celebrated across Kashmir
26 December 2017, 01:40 | Floyd Cook
Todd Deaton WR
Chapel of the Angels in Bethlehem
Christian men, women and children gathered in the Holy Catholic Family Church situated at Moulana Azad Road here to celebrate the birthday of Jesus Christ.
On the occasion, Santa Claus distributed candies and toys among dozens of toddlers waiting in a queue.
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.
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu also wished all citizens on Christmas. But during evening hours, the famed church served as a shelter for pilgrims seeking relief from the weather in Bethlehem's Manger Square where the Roman Catholic's chief clergyman in the Holy Land, the apostolic administrator of Jerusalem, The Most Rev. Msgr.
As the bells tolled, people thronged the churches - including the Cathedral Church of The Redemption and Sacred Heart Cathedral.
On behalf of the Government of British Columbia, Merry Christmas.
President Abdul Hamid exchanged greetings with members of the Christian community at Bangabhaban on the occasion.
Father Prasanna Kumar Pradhan in his message said Christmas celebration symbolises culmination of all ill-feelings towards fellow beings.
Cribs, decorated in attractive ways and displaying the birth of Lord Jesus, were seen at several houses in the state.
The centre of attraction was the St. Philomena's Church where a large number of people arrived to witness the celebrations.
The streets of Panaji and Margao, the two main cities of Goa, were packed with vehicles till the wee hours as people participated in the traditional dance parties after the prayer service.
He said special New Year celebrations were also being held at Pahalgam to promote Pahalgam also as a winter tourist destination that otherwise is considered to be a summer resort.Hafeez said this year, a snow festival would also be held at Patnitop.
Archbishop of Goa and Daman, Filipe Neri Ferrao, in his message, appealed to the people to spread the message of peace, love and harmony.
Special cattle sheds and mangers were erected to mark the occasion at the churches depicting the birth of Jesus. Mass prayers were conducted by the priests.
Christmas carols and hymns were sung before and after the prayer sessions at the churches. Cakes were offered to Christian brethren after special worship and prayers.
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