President Pratibha Patil on Saturday greeted the nation on the eve of Christmas.
In her message, the President said it is a time for "great joy, cheer, hope and happiness". "On the occasion of Christmas, I send my greetings and good wishes to all my fellow citizens."
"Christmas is a time of great joy, cheer, hope and happiness. It proclaims Lord Jesus Christ’s message of love and sacrifice, compassion and service, courage and humility, peace and harmony,” she said.
Christmas will be celebrated across the world on Sunday, December 25.