Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 25:
Christmas was celebrated with special prayers, visits to churches, fire crackers, exchange of gifts and greetings across Odisha today.
Churches were decorated with lights, candles, Christmas trees, bells and carols were sung to celebrate the festival commemorating the birth of Jesus. Various cultural programmes are underway this evening at several churches including the Catholic Church of Bhubaneswar as we write this report.
The Midnight masses were attended by people cutting across followers of all religions. Governor SC Jamir and his wife attended the mass at Union Church in Unit-IV of Bhubaneswar.
“Even though I am a Hindu, I have been attending the midnight mass since over 10 years now. I visited St Vincent’s Catholic Church in Satya Nagar along with my family members last night. It is a special day for me,” said Aseema Dixit.
“Jesus Christ took birth on this day to liberate us from our sins. We celebrate the day to remind us of the sacrifices he made for us. I attended the mass with my friends and offered prayers at the St Vincent’s Catholic Church. Apart from the religious significance, the day is fun. Who doesn’t like cakes, gifts, music and dance!” said Jennifer, a student of a city based college, from Jharkhand.
Celebration in the communally-sensitive Kandhamal district, however, was a low-key affair because of the bandh call given by Kui Samaj and the riots that happened back in 2008. Tight security had been put in place and the day, so far, has been completely peaceful and incident free.