Christmas celebrated with enthusiasm, fervour in J&K

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"We prayed for world peace and especially for peace in Kashmir".

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.

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

Christmas, the biggest religious festival of the Christian community, is the celebration of rebirth, new beginning, forgiveness and peace, and renewing relationship with God and human beings.

Not only believers of Christianity, people from other religious beliefs also attended the midnight mass singing Christmas hymns and prayers at churches across the state.

"Christmas celebration comes once a year, and this is God providing us opportunity and giving us another chance to remember his love towards us, so that we melt the heart of stone and transform it into a tender soft one and distribute love in every possible way", he added. The prayers were followed by distribution of candies and cutting of cakes.

"We prayed for peace".

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Monday morning, St. Charles Catholic Church in Lima held their Christmas Day Mass.

However, people missed "White Christmas" as there was no snowfall in the Valley. Similar arrangements have been made at a number of places across the state.

On the occasion, Secretary Tourism Sarmaad Hafeez addressed the gathering and said, "The department was organising cultural events and adventure sports activities to entertain tourists and to engage locals".

Hafeez said skiing and snowboarding championships would also be held during the winter season. "We do not care for each other and we do not have the courage to show humanity", the pastor 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".

On Christmas, besides the hotel properties, the Cable Car "Gandola" was also illuminated.