Kohima: Believers across the hills and valleys of Nagaland on Sunday celebrated Christmas with fervor marking the birth of Jesus Christ.
      
After attending midnight service and mass, people irrespective of age and social strata, in their best attire, were seen thronging the churches here to celebrate the occasion with special prayer services, chanting of hymns and carols, exchange of greeting and gifts and grand community feasts.
     
Reports of joyous celebrations of Christmas were also received from Dimapur, Mokokchung and other parts of this Christian majority state.
     
The Ao Baptist Church of the capital town organized the celebration at Kohima local ground to mark the occasion where a large number of people attended the special services.
      
A sizeable number of children participated in the celebration at Kohima Cathedral at Aradura hills.
    
Exchange of greetings and gifts, visits to near and dear ones, merrymaking among the children marked the day under a clear sky even as mercury dipped to 3.5 degree C in the capital town last night.
      
Traditionally, Christmas has been an occasion to strengthen bonds in the family, among clans and villages in Nagaland.
      
Most students and employees working outside the state have already arrived here to be with their family members during the festive season.
     
Nagaland Governor Nikhil Kumar and Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio have extended warm greetings to the people on the occasion of Christmas, hoping that the celebrations would usher in a new era of peace and prosperity in the state.
     
GoC of Army’s 3 Corps, Lt Gen Dalbir Singh also greeted the people of Nagaland on the occasion of Christmas.

(Agencies)