DIMAPUR, Dec 25 - Christmas was celebrated across Nagaland with people gathering together at midnight and attending church services on Monday.
During the church services last midnight and today morning, people sang and listened to sermons. They also big feasts.
Most of the Naga people who were out of the State have returned home to celebrate Christmas with their families and loved ones. People from other communities and religious backgrounds were also seen celebrating Christmas with equal fervour and enthusiasm.
Nungchetkala Aier of Dimapur, who is a housewife, said she prayed that Jesus Christ always lives in her heart so that she can spread goodness among all.
Wishing all a Merry Christmas, Chief Minister TR Zeliang said: As we celebrate the birth of Lord Jesus Christ, may you all be blessed abundantly and may joy and cheerfulness fill every home.”
NSCN-IM in its Christmas greetings said: “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, goodwill
Imphal Correspondent adds: A festive mood has gripped Manipur particularly the Christian dominated areas with the people celebrating Christmas on Monday in the run up to the New Year celebration. The people also joined for community feasts.
Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution (CAF&PD) Minister Karam Shyam attended Christmas celebration at Laiching Meipou village under Machi Block in Tengnoupal district.
Manipur State Legal Services Authority in association with Legal Aid Clinic, Cheirap Court Complex organised Celebration of Christmas Festival-cum-One Day Legal Awareness Programme at HESI Children Home and Carmel Jyoti children home in Imphal East district on Monday. Gifts like blankets, socks, notebooks, and pens were presented to the children during the function.
Shillong Correspondent adds: Christians across Meghalaya celebrated Christmas with prayers and festivities today.
Midnight masses were held in the churches across the State to celebrate the birth of Christ. The prayer services were led by pastors and Bishops in these churches.
Archbishop of Shillong Archdiocese, Reverend Dominic Jala led the midnight prayer services at Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians, which is a church of the
Church pastors and leaders appealed for love, peace and compassion on the occasion.
At the stroke of midnight last people burst crackers and were seen celebrating on the streets. Most of the houses were adorned with Christmas trees, stars and lights.