COLOURFUL LIGHTS, twinkling stars, Christmas trees, carol singing, Santa Claus and evening parties – all made Christmas – the last festival of the year, a great time to enjoy on December 25.
Both Christians and non-Christians celebrated the festival with enthusiasm in the City. Right from the morning people greeted their relatives, friends and acquaintances on ‘Bada Din’.
Arch Bishop Fr Pascal Topno visited the City’s oldest church St Francis Church at Jehangirabad and offered prayers. This was followed by devotees greeting one another and balloons being released in the air. All other churches and prayers halls too had the same festive atmosphere, where special prayers were offered, with both young and old donning special dresses celebrated the birthday of Jesus Christ.
Christmas parties, which began on Christmas Eve continued on Monday at City hotels and restaurants. Several colourfully decorated confectionaries and food-joints captured the ambience of the festival, distributed chocolates and small gifts to children. At several places replicas of Santa Claus could be seen moving around entertaining the denizens.
Meeting Fr Topno at his residence, City Mayor Sunil Sood exchanged greetings. Christmas celebration was also held at several colonies and clubs, with lots of music and dance. Tableaux representing Christmas festival, Santa Claus and Christmas tree were found moving on streets, entertaining children as well as adults.
“We’ve organised a Cake Festival at our joint and have prepared a variety of cakes and pastries, and the response is just great,” remarked City confectioner - Bake N Shake’s Vinod Talreja, who himself was found to be in the form of Santa Claus.