Christmas celebrations: Birthday of Jesus Christ celebrated with fervour and cheer across India; prayers held in churches at midnight [Photos]

Christmas was celebrated across the nation on Tuesday with traditional fervour and merrymaking. Prayers and worship services were held at churches since Christmas Eve to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

FP Staff December 25, 2018 21:08:53 IST
Christmas was celebrated across the nation on Tuesday with traditional fervour and merrymaking. Prayers and worship services were held at churches since Christmas Eve to celebrate the birth of Jesus. PTI
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Christmas was celebrated across the nation on Tuesday with traditional fervour and merrymaking. Prayers and worship services were held at churches since Christmas Eve to celebrate the birth of Jesus. PTI
Cutting across age barriers, Christians thronged churches and cathedrals for special prayers and midnight mass. Senior bishops and priests conducted special mass and gave out the Christmas message. PTI
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Cutting across age barriers, Christians thronged churches and cathedrals for special prayers and midnight mass. Senior bishops and priests conducted special mass and gave out the Christmas message. PTI
As the clock struck 12 at night, priests came in a procession to announce the birth of Jesus. Children carried candles and the Holy Bible in the procession. PTI
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As the clock struck 12 at night, priests came in a procession to announce the birth of Jesus. Children carried candles and the Holy Bible in the procession. PTI
Houses and commercial establishments were decorated with glittering Christmas trees, stars and cribs. While bakeries came out with variety of cakes, hotels offered special lunch and dinners. PTI
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Houses and commercial establishments were decorated with glittering Christmas trees, stars and cribs. While bakeries came out with variety of cakes, hotels offered special lunch and dinners. PTI
Christmas carols and free gospel street concerts marked the Christmas Eve programmes, while mass singing of Christmas songs in traditional tunes continued till late in the day.
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Christmas carols and free gospel street concerts marked the Christmas Eve programmes, while mass singing of Christmas songs in traditional tunes continued till late in the day.
In many states, community feasts were organised by some church denominations and contributions were made by the people and NGOs to hospitals and the destitute homes.
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In many states, community feasts were organised by some church denominations and contributions were made by the people and NGOs to hospitals and the destitute homes.