Christmas Celebrated In Valley

SRINAGAR: The Christian community in Kashmir on Tuesday celebrated Christmas with prayers and greetings, as members flocked to churches for special services.

In Srinagar, hundreds gathered for blessings and hymns at the church on Maulana Azad Road on the birth anniversary of the Christ (known in the Quran as Prophet Isa, on whom be peace).

Decorated in festive colour, churches hosted joyous families greeting each other, even as clergymen spoke on the Christ’s message of love, compassion and forgiveness.

Extending greetings on the occasion, Governor NN Vohra stressed on brotherhood, love and empathy.

“Today, when strife, hatred and greed are rife in the world, such moments are precious to spread the word of amity, mutual brotherhood and fellow-feeling – values for which Jammu and Kashmir is known for centuries,” the governor said.      

 In his message, the chief minister said that humanity needed to recall the Christ’s tidings of non-violence, brotherhood and universal love, and shape lives and conduct on these values.

Union minister and National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah, union minister for health Ghulam Nabi Azad, former chief minister and PDP patron Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, state Congress chief Prof Saifuddin Soz, PDP president Mahbooba Mufti, NC leader Dr. Mahboob Beig, CPI(M) leader Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami, minister for agriculture Ghulam Hassan Mir, PDF chief Hakeem Muhammad Yasin, former deputy chief minister Muzaffar Hussain Beig were among those extending greetings on the occasion of Christmas and praying for peace and prosperity in Jammu and Kashmir.

Army units in Tral also held special functions, with the main gathering at the headquarters of the 42 RR where military top officers were present along with high-ranking representatives of the civil and police administration. 

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