GUWAHATI, Dec 23 - With the rest of the world, the Yuletide spirit has gripped entire Assam, with the State gearing up for Christmas Eve tomorrow to be followed by Christmas celebrations on December 25.
With the sound of carol in the air and colourfully decorated churches, Christmas is celebrated with all its grandeur in Assam as the festival of peace and joy. In this festival, both Christians and non-Christians take part with equal enthusiasm.
Christmas signifies the birth of Jesus Christ on Earth and the festival holds a spiritual significance among the believers and a number of rituals are performed on the occasion, including a midnight mass in the cathedrals on the night of Eve.
With last minute preparations on to celebrate the festival with fun and frolic, the markets are seen abuzz with people busy shopping for Christmas essentials and confectionaries.
The Catholic Church of Assam extended its Christmas greetings to the people.
While addressing the media here today, Archbishop John Moolachira, Archbishop of Guwahati, said, “The love of God for man impels Christians to be generous, forgiving and loving as God himself. The church is engaged in various activities like education, social service, healthcare and other developmental activities following the path of compassion and humanity,” adding, “we have a number of hospitals and healthcare centres that cater more to the poor and lower income groups.”
The Archbishop of Guwahati was accompanied by Bishop Thomas Pullapali, Bishop of Bongaigaon, Bishop Paul from Diphu, Father Amalraj, secretary general, Bishop’s Conference of North East India and Allen Brooks, spokesperson of Assam Christian Forum.
The Siloam Ministry has also made arrangements for Christmas celebrations at Siloam Prayer Tower at VIP Road, Borbari tomorrow from 8 pm to 12 am.