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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. "It is for the first time we visited a church. We got to know how Christmas is celebrated", Hirra said.
"A member of an NGO told Rising Kashmir that they are trying to spread a global message of peace and love among all communities of the Valley". "Due to last year's unrest, celebrations were restricted only to prayers", he said, adding, "This year, too, there were no special functions as our focus mostly remained on the message of peace and love, and spirituality".
During the mass, prayers for peace, development, and prosperity of Pakistan were also offered.
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Other churches in the city including Saint Luke's Church and All Saints' Church, oldest church of Jammu Kashmir in north Kashmir's Baramulla, Saint Joseph's Church and Saint Mary's Church in Gulmarg witnessed similar gatherings. According to several media reports, mostly tourists, including foreigners, prayed inside the church in Gulmarg, gathering there despite the harsh cold and several feet of snow.
Christian men, women and children gathered in the Holy Catholic Family Church situated at Moulana Azad Road here to celebrate the birthday of Jesus Christ. 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. "The preparations actually begin around a month ago".
However, people missed "White Christmas" as there was no snowfall in the Valley.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik wished the people of the state on the festive occasion.
The tree, located at a garden in Adarsh Nagar society in South Mumbais Worli area, has been decorated with over 10,000 lights, bells, images of reindeer and snowmen, and a waving Santa Claus.
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