Christmas 2018: Celebrations held across India with fervour and love

Christmas 2018 LIVE updates Here's how people are celebrating the festival

Christmas 2018 LIVE updates Here's how people are celebrating the festival

In India Christmas is celebrated by all Indian Christians traditionally. Residential colonies were also decorated with twinkling lights and stars, and baubles such as bells, pine cones, apples, candies, tinsel, and balloons bedecked trees, streets, houses, and churches. "I wish all of you a Happy and Merry Christmas". On the 6th January, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, the great feast that recalls the encounter of Jesus with the Magi of the East, who were Gentiles, people who were non-Jewish, who also represent us.

In some areas where Croats live, Christmas preparation start already on the day of St. Catherine (25 of November) and it lasts for a month.

The concept was first identified by Mary after day 17 in the Bethlehem stable when she turned to Joseph and said: "Jesus Christ, Joseph are those Three Wise Men ever going to leave?"

The cleric prayed for the leadership of the Church and political office holders across the country to imbibe the spirit of truth and integrity.

He appealed to other churches who focused on preaching prosperity to project the "belief in Jesus Christ". "For me, Jesus Christ was the embodiment of love and forgiveness".

Punjab Minister for Human Rights and Minorities Affairs Aijaz Alam Augustine in his Christmas message said that the chief minister had announced a grant of Rs30 million on the occasion of Christmas and Rs25m for the scholarship of minority students across the province.

At Saint Michel Catholic Cathedral, the newly elected Archbishop of Kigali Diocese, Archbishop Antoine Kambanda prayed for transformation of all Christians and urged them to share what they had with their colleagues especially those with different religious beliefs.

"Every citizen has equal rights as enshrined in the Constitution of Pakistan irrespective of colour, creed and ethnicity".

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