The centre of attraction was the St. Philomena's Church where a large number of people arrived to witness the celebrations.
At the stroke of midnight, the chime of the church bells filled the air as the Bishop of Mysore Diocese Rev. Dr. K.A. William placed the idol of Infant Jesus in the crib, which was specially prepared within the church premises. The head priests gave sermons on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ who gave world the message of peace, brotherhood and love.
The arrival of Santa Claus added to the celebrations. For members of the Christian faith, Christmas is the day that the son of God, Jesus Christ was born.
A group of singers performed the Christmas carol at the reception. "Christmas is celebrated grandly all over the city".
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Christmas was also celebrated with traditional gaiety and fervour in Tamil Nadu, with believers thronging churches, including the famous Santhome Basilica Church here, for special prayers and mass.
Archbishop of Goa and Daman, Filipe Neri Ferrao, in his message, appealed to the people to spread the message of peace, love and harmony. "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.
The Bishop conveyed his Christmas wishes and prayed for worldly peace and prosperity.
The festival mood was also visible in Mumbai.
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Christmas fever gripped several parts of the State including Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Rourkela, Balasore, Kandhamal and Sambalpur as cathedrals, churches, shops, commercial establishments and individual houses belonging to Christian community were adorned with colourful illuminations, X-mas trees, balloons and candles.
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.
All the churches of the Jammu city and outskirts were fully decorated where the rush of devotees continued from midnight.
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