The holy city seems fully geared up to mark the big day, 'Christmas', with pomp and show. The city malls, hotels and marketplaces are decked up for the occasion.
Markets are flooded with captivating gifts, Christmas souvenirs, while local bakeries are offering special treats. "I must say that some of the bakeries have done a great job by presenting a great variety in traditional Christmas cakes which have also impressed our NRI guests," shares Kulbir Kaur, while shopping at a local bakery.
On the overall scenario, she says, "It is very positive that smaller towns like Amritsar are welcoming international festivals with great zeal and gusto. This brings cosmopolitan touch to the city and hence offers a good exposure to the city". Another resident, Sandeep Singh, who was on a European tour last year during Christmas, echoes a similar opinion. "We have to encourage this practice of marking all international festivals which can inculcate values in us. The festival may be of any religion but all citizens must come forward on a common platform to celebrate it as it generates brotherhood," he says.
Some of the city hotels have gone a step ahead to make the festival memorable. Radisson Blu, an Airport Hotel, has made a beautiful 'ginger house' which took them at least two weeks to prepare. The house has been busy selling Christmas treats from the last few days such as Plum cake and many other assorted cakes, cookies and desserts at a nominal price. "Every year, we make a special 'Ginger house' that sells tempting christmas treats and this effort of ours is always appreciated by our guests," says a hotel official. The hotel will also host special dinner on December 24 and brunch on December 25. Same goes for some of the other city hotels.
Different churches are aesthetically lit up and have become a big cynosure. "It feels great to see the old churches of Amritsar decorated. My friends and I have plans to visit the church this Christmas to experience how the day is marked especially in a church", says Dilpreet Singh, a young student.