Christmas celebrated with enthusiasm, fervour in J&K

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The devotees in all the churches lauded the communal brotherhood of Kashmir and prayed for peace and prosperity in Kashmir.

In Hyderabad, the Christian community also celebrated Christmas with the religious fervour and festivity by attending events in the churches and holding parties at their residences.

First Baptist Church of Meridian celebrated Christmas Eve with singing and worshiping along with having The Lords Supper.

On the occasion, Santa Claus distributed candies and toys among dozens of toddlers waiting in a queue.

Locals along with the tourists present in the Valley joined the celebrations on the auspicious day.

The Tourism Department in Gulmarg had made elaborate arrangements for making the festival grand lighting up lanterns and organizing cultural programmes.

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"Occasions like Christmas remind us to rekindle the spirit of harmony, brotherhood & lead a virtuous life".

Shah said the officials of the Tourism department would also attend travel and trade fairs to woo more tourists to Kashmir. We want to teach the kids that humanity is the greatest religion, and we should take part in each other's happiness and celebrations so that love and affection increases between us.

He said Christians were facing the problem of burial ground.

The churches in the city were all decked up and festive mood prevailed in the houses of the Christian community.

People belonging to different faiths greeted their Christian brethren on the occasion. "The ones who haven't have already been rewarded", Omar Abdullah wrote on micro-blogging site twitter.

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