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First Baptist Church of Meridian celebrated Christmas Eve with singing and worshiping along with having The Lords Supper.

The biggest Mass in the Valley was held at the Holy Family Catholic Church at Maulana Azad Road here, where hundreds of Christians, including women and children, assembled to celebrate the birthday of Jesus Christ and held special prayers.

Starting from cattle shed to crucification, the life of Jesus Christ was depicted at the churches.

Persons dressed up as Santa Claus cheered the revellers at several places such as malls, markets and parks. He said that Christians go door to door visiting their community and sing songs praising Jesus Christ prior to the grand day's celebrations.

The streets of Panaji and Margao, the two main cities of Goa, were packed with vehicles till the wee hours as people participated in the traditional dance parties after the prayer service. "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.




Special cattle sheds and mangers were erected to mark the occasion at the churches depicting the birth of Jesus.

"We prayed for world peace and especially for peace in Kashmir. Christmas spreads the message of love and peace", said Father David Vincent, vicar general and parish priest of St. Joseph's Cathedral. Cakes were offered to Christian brethren after special worship and prayers.

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister K Palaniswami and leaders of political parties extended their greetings to the people. A 65-feet, or as tall as a seven-storey building, pine conifer at a society in Worli attracted visitors, for its tag of being Indias tallest fully decorated Christmas tree.

Down South, in Coimbatore, Raja, a local miniature artist, designed a Christmas tree by melting candles and decorated it with pearls and glittering stones.



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