With messages of peace Christmas celebrated across Kashmir


First Baptist Church of Meridian celebrated Christmas Eve with singing and worshiping along with having The Lords Supper. The head priests gave sermons on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ who gave world the message of peace, brotherhood and love.

Markets in various parts of India have also begun selling Christmas-related decor, such as cut outs of Santa Claus, Christmas stars of various sizes and colour variants, fairy lights and so on.

Carols were sung between 7:30pm and 11pm.

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.

The midnight mass at St Joseph's Cathedral was conducted in Hindi but the morning prayer service was held in both English and Hindi. 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.

"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.

Heavy snowfall Thursday will bring white to Christmas
Consequently the snow line will rise to over 1,000m, with heavy rain forecast below that level in many places on Friday night. Temperatures reached 61 degrees on the holiday in 2014, but did not rise above freezing in 2013, with a high of 32 degrees.

"Celebrating Christmas in Kashmir is a special occasion as people from across the world visit here during winter and come to churches and celebrate Christmas", said Father Roy of All Saints Catholic Church MA Road in Srinagar.

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister K Palaniswami and leaders of political parties extended their greetings to the people.

Furthermore, a private hotel here erected a 63-feet-tall steel Christmas tree using 1.2 tons of steel, built by 30 workmen over a span of seven days.

Down South, in Coimbatore, Raja, a local miniature artist, designed a Christmas tree by melting candles and decorated it with pearls and glittering stones.

In an unpleasant incident, a church was vandalised on Christmas day by two unidentified drunken youths in Tura town of Meghalaya.

All the churches of the Jammu city and outskirts were fully decorated where the rush of devotees continued from midnight.