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Christmas celebrated with enthusiasm, fervour in J&K

Christmas celebrated with enthusiasm, fervour in J&K”

The festival of Christmas was celebrated with pomp and gaiety in Udupi district on Monday. Before the downpours began, modest numbers of onlookers mulled about Manger Square and a steady stream of visitors paid respects at the Church of the Nativity. "Christmas is celebrated grandly all over the city".

"There is no peace in the world because we do not love one another".

"We all share in the light of Jesus Christ because the Bible tells us that Christ is the light of the world", explains Trinity Presbyterian Pastor Mark Flynn.

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. "Christmas celebrations are completely different those that of Eid".

In ski resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir, the pastor of the Valley's oldest Protestant church, the St. Mary's church, along with other Christians prayed for the peace in the state i. 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.

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The biggest Mass in the Valley was held at the Holy Family Catholic Church at Maulana Azad Road here, where hundreds of Christians, including women and children, assembled to celebrate the birthday of Jesus Christ and held special prayers.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished people on Christmas, saying, "We remember the noble teachings of Lord Christ". "We organise small functions on three Sundays of December", Michel said.

"I could only see a couple of differences in the Christmas celebration: one, a large number of people throng churches and people decorate outside their homes X-Mas trees, which we generally do not do here".

"Occasions like Christmas remind us to rekindle the spirit of harmony, brotherhood & lead a virtuous life".



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