Christmas celebrated with enthusiasm, fervour in J&K

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"On Christmas, we pray for world peace and love and wish that the Lord showers happiness and peace on all".

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

The churches of the city have been decorated and thousands of people visited the holy places to celebrate the Pagan holiday.

Christmas was celebrated on Monday in Jammu and Kashmir with traditional enthusiasm and religious fervour with members of the small population of Christians in the valley thronging churches for Mass as special prayers were held for world peace.

In Kerala, which has a sizable Christian population, special prayers, midnight masses and low key festivities today marked Christmas as the state witnessed massive devastation and loss of life due to cyclone Ockhi last month.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished people on Christmas, saying, "We remember the noble teachings of Lord Christ". 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.

Special cakes were cut and candies were distributed among the devotees.

"We prayed for peace".

Michel said that he has celebrated most of his Christmases in Kashmir valley but on a few occasions he has celebrated the festival in other Indian states. "Although we will be able to see snow at Gulmarg, but fresh snowfall on this day adds to the beauty of the festival", a group of tourists from Delhi said.

On the occasion, Secretary Tourism Sarmaad Hafeez addressed the gathering and said, "The department was organising cultural events and adventure sports activities to entertain tourists and to engage locals". The prime message, as the saying goes, is to bring peace and prosperity, irrespective of one's religion.

On Christmas, besides the hotel properties, the Cable Car "Gandola" was also illuminated.

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