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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 25:

Christmas was today celebrated with special midnight mass, visits to churches, singing of carols, and exchange of greetings and gifts in different parts of Odisha.

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Christians, along with many others from other religious beliefs, attended the midnight mass by singing Christmas hymns and prayers at churches across the state.

Besides, large numbers of believers were seen thronging the churches all through the day today.

“Jesus Christ came to earth on this day to liberate us from our sins. We celebrate this day to remind us of the sacrifices he made for us. We attend the midnight mass and offer prayers at the church to mark the occasion,” said Lawrence at Catholic Church of Bhubaneswar.

“Apart from the religious significance, the day is fun. I love the cakes, gifts, music, dance and the holiday Christmas brings along,” she added.

Churches, homes and streets – more so in western parts of Odisha with large Christian population – were decked up with lights and decorative items. Christmas trees and castles depicting the birth of Jesus Christ were placed to commemorate the occasion.