New Delhi: With the passage of time, the celebration of Holy Christmas took a new shape in India. People celebrate the birth of Lord Jesus with gaiety and fervor. Have a look at various traditions of celebrating Christmas in India.

Meghalaya

Midnight services in churches across the state heralded the birth of Jesus Christ as tourists and locals joined in the festivities with religious fervour, mixed with merriment of exchanging greetings and gifts with friends and relatives.

Meghalaya's capital city of Shillong was decked up forChristmas and the forthcoming New Year celebrations as government and private buildings as well as street corners were illuminated and decorated with Christmas trees, banners and festoons.

Kerala

Christians in Kerala joined the faithfuls world over in celebrating Christmas with religious fervour and gaiety.

Special prayers and midnight mass were held in churches with large number of people attending it.

Cardinal Mar Baselios Cleemis led the Christmas liturgy at St Mary's Malankara Syrian Catholic Cathedral Basillica, Pattom, here on the Christmas eve.

Sumptuous feast was an important feature of the occasion in Christian homes apart from delicacies like cakes and cookies.

Tamil Nadu

Thousands of pilgrims from several parts of the country and abroad thronged the Christian pilgrim town of Velankanni here today to celebrate Christmas, which was marked by special masses and prayers.

On Christmas eve, when the clock struck 12 at night, priests of the Church came in procession to announce the birth of Jesus. Little children carried candles and the Holy Bible with them.

After offering prayers in English and Tamil, the Parish Priest showed the idol of an infant Jesus marking the birth of Jesus.

Puducherry

Christmas was celebrated on Tuesday in Puducherry with gaiety and fervor.

Special mass prayers were held at churches in and around Puducherry on Monday midnight. People greeted one another with Christmas wishes.

Mizoram

Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ to save the world, was being celebrated all over the Christian-dominated Mizoram peacefully and happily.

The celebrations began from Monday night with church services and fellowships where the congregation sang Christmas songs, both western and typical Mizo songs composed by the local spiritualists during the past century.

(JPN/Agencies)

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