Nation gets into celebratory mood with Christmas festivities

Lucy Bush
December 26, 2017

The arrival of Santa Claus added to the celebrations. The impressively decorated churches lent a festive spirit to the occasion of celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.The people also distributed candies and burst crackers.

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu also wished all citizens on Christmas. Church members and the choir sang Christmas carols and hymns as part of Christmas Eve celebrations from 11 pm.

As the bells tolled, people thronged the churches - including the Cathedral Church of The Redemption and Sacred Heart Cathedral. "Merry Christmas everyone", Mehbooba tweeted.

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Sermons and prayers during the midnight mass (in Kannada) at St. Philomena's Church were conducted by Bishop Rev. Dr. K.A. William.

The entire state is in a festive mood with people celebrating Christmas, the festival of love, joy and brotherhood with full zeal and fervour today. The head priests gave sermons on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ who gave world the message of peace, brotherhood and love. "Christmas is celebrated grandly all over the city".

Cribs, decorated in lovely ways and displaying the birth of Lord Jesus, were seen at several houses in the state. The Christmas cribs at the churches were a major attraction.

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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. "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.

Archbishop of Goa and Daman, Filipe Neri Ferrao, in his message, appealed to the people to spread the message of peace, love and harmony.

"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.

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