Christmas celebrated with enthusiasm, fervour in J&K

Christmas celebrated with enthusiasm, fervour in J&K

Similar prayers were held at other churches including the Saint Joseph's Church in north Kashmir's Baramulla, the oldest Catholic Church in Jammu and Kashmir and at the Church in the tourist resort of Gulmarg.

Christmas was celebrated Monday across Kashmir with religious fervour as special prayers were held for peace and brotherhood across the churches in the Valley.

Among the believers were tourists from different parts of the country and world who joined the locals on the auspicious day and prayed for world peace and brotherhood.

Most colourful Christmas celebrations were witnessed at Holy Family Catholic Church, a Roman Catholic Church located at Maulana Azad Road, Srinagar. The prayers were followed by distribution of candies and cutting of cakes.

"There is no peace in the world because we do not love one another".

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"We are begging you for the homeless, the poor, the children, the country, the suffering, the oppressed", Priest Maciej Sokolowski prayed during the ceremony. Kashmir belongs to all of us and we live happily together.

"We all share in the light of Jesus Christ because the Bible tells us that Christ is the light of the world", explains Trinity Presbyterian Pastor Mark Flynn. Unlike past year, the Mass was conducted inside the church.

First Baptist Church of Meridian celebrated Christmas Eve with singing and worshiping along with having The Lords Supper. The original bell was damaged in a fire on June 7, 1967.

And as we know there are many parallel histories and interlinks between all the faiths of the world, a US-based musician Raef has presented a Christmas carol in a new way merging two faiths - Islam and Christianity. "The ones who haven't have already been rewarded", Omar Abdullah wrote on micro-blogging site twitter.

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