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Nation gets into celebratory mood with Christmas festivities

Nation gets into celebratory mood with Christmas festivities

Although one of the first of many angry responses by Palestinians to US President Donald Trump's declaration that Jerusalem is the Israeli capital was to "unplug" the Christmas tree in Bethlehem's Manger Square and "cancel Christmas" in the holy city, the festivities were interrupted more by the weather than by the political moment.

Churches have been beautifully decorated with glowing stars and lights in major churches across the state.

YSRCP president YS Jaganmohan Reddy, accompanied by his family members participated in the Christmas celebrations at CSI Church in Pulivendula in Kadapa district.

Speaking at another Christmas celebration at Punjabi Bagh, the chief minister expressed happiness over celebrating the festival with the people and thanked the organisers Sarvodaya Adivasi Jan Kalyan Sanstha.

This was meant to teach them about the true meaning of Christmas.

"Now-a-days" the celebrations of the Christmas has been commercialized. Making delicacies is one thing that can not be done away with on Christmas. Chocolate coated donuts and fruit cakes top the list of home-made goodies. Around our tables today, we'll engage in family discussions that will touch on many subjects, certainly on the current doings in Washington, for one example.

Governor Om Prakash Kohli has extended greetings and good wishes to the people of the state on the occasion of Christmas Festival. He called upon the devotees to uphold the qualities of compassion and love which were the messages of Jesus.

While most Catholic churches such as Lupita Hall in Telco and St Joseph's Cathedral had a midnight mass and a morning mass, St Mary's Church in Bistupur had three prayer services - Sunday evening for senior citizens, one at midnight and one on Monday morning. 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. The Chief Minister Chouhan in his message said that holy teachings of Lord Jesus are globally relevant to establish moral values, world peace and dignity of human life in the modern society.

Pastor Keith Castleberry of Victory United Pentecostal Church in College Station said he doesn't want anyone to attend his church's Christmas Eve service if they feel begrudgingly obligated to go.


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