Odisha Celebrates Christmas with Joy and Fervour

Randolph Lopez
December 26, 2017

The St Philomena's Church - one of the tallest churches in Asia situated at the Lashkar Mohalla in the city sported a grand look and thousands of devotees thronged the church to take part in the mass prayer.

Later, the president will cut a Christmas cake with members of the Christian community.

The prayers were held at the Holy Family Catholic Church and All Saints' Church in Srinagar, Saint Joseph's Church in Baramulla district-the oldest Catholic Church in Jammu and Kashmir.

"We then come to church and pray to the lord to fulfill all our dreams", he added.

The Christmas celebrations began with midnight mass late on Saturday night in all the churches of Hyderabad. "I hope that the holy occasion is an omen of communal harmony, love for humanity & compassion for all across the world".

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Director Tourism, Mahmood Ahmad Shah said Gulmarg, being a skiing destination for foreigners across the world we welcome them come to visit the place.

Qassemi referred to the "elimination of one of the most reactionary terrorists groups, which was regarded as one the most flagrant manifestations of Wahhabism in the contemporary era", and said "the world next year will undoubtedly be safer and more handsome for all Christians of the world".

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".

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

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