GUWAHATI: The City on Monday was soaked in festivities and the spirit of Yuletide pervaded the air as midnight masses, the resonance of carols and merriment ushered in Christmas.
Churches in the city have made elaborate plans to celebrate the festival in a befitting manner. The churches, missionary schools and Christian religious centres are decorated with colourful lightings, stars and bells to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
St Joseph’s Cathedral Church inside Don Bosco School in Pan Bazar here was visited by thousands of non-Christians before the midnight mass because of its eye-catching decorations.
“Besides prayers and merrymaking, Christmas is also an occasion to celebrate humanity, compassion and universal brotherhood. I pray that joy and peace on the occasion of Christmas may spill over the New Year and continue throughout the year,” Father Sebastian Mathew, Rector & Principal Don Bosco School, Pan Bazar said. On another hand for Sangeeta Saikia, Bordin (Christmas) is the greatest day of the year.
“In Assamese, Christmas is called Bordin, which means a day of great importance. It really is a big day. This is the day when the son of God was born and we celebrate this day for that,” Bora, who came with her children and husband to see Midnight Mass at the St Joseph’s Cathedral Church at Pan Bazar said.
Iqbal Ahmed may not be a Christian, but when it comes to Christmas, she hops to the church and lights a candle to mark the day. “I do so because I feel very peaceful doing it. We celebrate all festivals, as these are meant to bring joy and happiness in our lives,” Ahmed who came to Dispur Baptist Church with his friends to mark the occasion said.
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