Srinagar: The Christian community across Jammu and Kashmir Friday celebrated Christmas with religious fervor and gaiety.
A large number of people attended special service at both Catholic and Protestant churches in Srinagar while a major function was organised in hill resort of Gulmarg.
Holy Family Catholic Church at MA Road here was thronged by devout early hours They included men and women and children.
Besides the local Christian population, the tourists present in the Valley from outside Jammu and Kashmir also participated in the special prayers today morning.
The church, decorated with colourful buntings and balloons, wore a festive look.
A man dressed up as Santa was seen distributing masks to worshippers at the Church gates.
The celebrations were subdued due to the coronavirus pandemic this year.
Among the believers were a few tourists who joined the locals on the auspicious day and prayed for peace and prosperity in Jammu and Kashmir and the world over.
Many other Churches across Kashmir also witnessed a large gathering of Christians in the morning where prayers were held.
Meanwhile, the City Mayor, Junaid Azim Mattu delivered Christmas cakes to the churches in Srinagar as well as the members of the Christian community this morning.
Besides, the tourism department has organized special functions in Gulmarg and Jammu.
Meanwhile Lt Governor Manoj Sinha and many leaders extended greetings to Christian community.
National Conference president and member of parliament from Srinagar Dr. Farooq Abdullah and Vice President Omar Abdullah have greeted the people on the auspicious occasion of Christmas.
Praying for the furtherance of peace and prosperity in Jammu and Kashmir, Dr. Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah said brotherhood, harmony and amity form the integral basis of J&K’s rich legacy and should be nurtured and strengthened.
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