Christians mark Christmas with due religious fervour

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"Christ was born for us, to save us from our sins, the least we can do is come on His day of birth and celebrate with Him and celebrate with our church family", says Pastor Flynn. "We wish peace to every brother and sister", he said.

The Tourism Department had made elaborate arrangements for making the festival grand lighting up lanterns and organizing cultural programmes.

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.

Residents of the steel city basked in the Yuletide spirit with Christmas cards, gifts and plum cakes to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Delhi was coloured in white and red as the residents sported santa caps, doubling celebratory mode of the festival and the extended weekend, as well.

Addressing the gathering of tourists, Secretary Tourism Sarmad Hafeez said the department was organising cultural events and adventure sports activities to entertain tourists and to engage locals.

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In his Christmas message, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan urged people to observe the day standing along with those who suffered in the cyclone.

"On Christmas, we pray for world peace and love and wish that the Lord showers happiness and peace on all. I hope that the holy occasion is an omen of communal harmony, love for humanity & compassion for all across the world".

The churches in the city were all decked up and festive mood prevailed in the houses of the Christian community.

The churches as well as the homes of the Christian community have been decorated and Christmas trees have also been installed. The original bell was damaged in a fire on June 7, 1967.

As a part of Trinity Presbyterian's Christmas Eve Vespers service, Christ Candles were given to church members to light and place at the church's alter.

"#MerryChristmas to all of you. The ones who haven't have already been rewarded", Omar Abdullah wrote on micro-blogging site twitter.