New Delhi: Christmas is being celebrated across the globe today. Christians all over the world celebrate Christmas to mark the birth of Jesus Christ. On the occasion, people decorate their houses by putting a Christmas tree, illuminated paper star, Holly wreaths and exchange gifts.

President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M.Venkaiah Naidu have extended their greetings to nation on the occasion of Christmas. President Kovind said, Jesus Christ’s message of love and compassion continues to inspire the entire humanity even today. He added, let us resolve to build such a society that is based on the values of justice and liberty by adopting the ideals and teachings of Jesus Christ in our lives.

Vice President Naidu said, Christmas is a festival that reaffirms our faith in the values of love, compassion and forgiveness. Mr Naidu added, as we celebrate the birth of Lord Jesus, let us cherish the values he symbolized.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today greeted people on Christmas. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, we recall the life and noble teachings of Jesus Christ, which placed topmost emphasis on service, kindness and humility. He hoped that everyone will be healthy and prosperous. He also hoped that there will be harmony all around.

In Goa, Christmas celebrations have commenced. Goa is a famous tourist destination and local as well as foreign tourists have come to Goa to participate in Christmas and New year’s celebration events.  Christmas is celebrated in Goa with great enthusiasm and joy.

Midnight mass is a Christmas tradition in Goa. Midnight masses were organized in churches of Goa. With hymns and carols around, the fervor of festive season is reverberating in Goa State. Lights and decorations, beautifully lit stars are salient features of the festival. Food items like bebinca and dodol during Christmas are very famous in Goa.

Police have made elaborate security and traffic arrangements. Care is taken to follow Covid guidelines. 

Midnight mass and special prayers marked the Christmas celebrations in various churches across Kerala. Midnight bells and carols reverberating the praise of Lord Jesus ushered in the spirit of Christmas in the state. Cribs with figurines depicting Nativity of Jesus Christ were placed in churches.

In Kochi, Major Archbishop of the Syro Malabar Church, Cardinal Mar George Alancherry led the prayers at Mount St Thomas.

Similar celebrations were held in churches belonging to various other Christian denominations.

In Mizoram, religious fervour of Christmas has gripped every nook and corner. People are celebrating Christmas with pomp and gaiety, exchanging greetings and wishes. This time, social media platforms are hugely flooded with Christmas greetings. On the occasion of Christmas, all markets and streets wear a new look with illumination and decoration.

Church elders, however, said that people will celebrate Christmas this time in a restrictive manner so as to follow Covid-19 health guidelines, issued by the state government. So, many aspects of the festivities will not take place. In a message to people on the eve of Christmas, Rev.

Dr Vanlalnghaka Ralte of Mizoram Presbyterian Synod said Christmas is the occasion of Joy, Love and Peace. Extending greetings to all people on this auspicious occasion, he appealed to all to celebrate Christmas while following health guidelines.

Christmas festival in fact began yesterday evening, to mark Christmas Eve with a small gathering of people holding indoor carols and midnight mass in churches. 

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