Christians mark Christmas with due religious fervour

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The St Philomena's Church - one of the tallest churches in Asia situated at the Lashkar Mohalla in the city sported a grand look and thousands of devotees thronged the church to take part in the mass prayer.

Special cakes were cut and candies were distributed among the devotees.

Other churches in the city including Saint Luke's Church and All Saints' Church, oldest church of Jammu Kashmir in north Kashmir's Baramulla, Saint Joseph's Church and Saint Mary's Church in Gulmarg witnessed similar gatherings.

"We prayed for world peace and especially for peace in Kashmir".

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Christmas was celebrated with religious fervour, gaiety and devotion across the state on Monday, with prayers being offered in Churches since midnight.

Among the believers were tourists from different parts of the country and world who joined the locals on the auspicious day and prayed for world peace and brotherhood. "This year also we did not make it so big, but colourful celebrations are taking place", said Father Roy at the Holy Family Catholic Church on MA Road in Srinagar.

"I think it is very appropriate that we partake in The Lords Supper as a part of the Christmas Eve service because it reminds us of why Jesus came to Earth, to live a flawless life and die for us", mentions Pastor Hummel.

He said special New Year celebrations were also being held at Pahalgam to promote Pahalgam also as a winter tourist destination that otherwise is considered to be a summer resort.Hafeez said this year, a snow festival would also be held at Patnitop. "We do not care for each other and we do not have the courage to show humanity", the pastor said.