Srinagar, Dec 24: Christmas, the birthday of Jesus Christ (AS), would be celebrated with religious fervor and gaiety throughout the world on Tuesday.
Churches in the Valley have been decorated with people having erected Christmas trees and decorated.
“The original meaning of Christmas is a special church service, or mass, to celebrate the birth of Christ,” a Christian devotee said. “The story of the events surrounding the birth of Jesus is particularly important in religious celebrations of Christmas,” he said.
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has extended Christmas greetings to people, wishing them well-being and prosperity.
He said that Hazrat Jesus Christ (AS) preached love, brotherhood, peace, tolerance and selfless service to mankind. “The message of Hazrat Eisa Masseh (AS) is as relevant today as it has always been,” Omar said. He prayed for peace and prosperity of the state. Governor NN Vohra has also extended greetings to people on Christmas, hoping that the occasion becomes a harbinger of peace, progress and prosperity for the State.
In a message, the Governor observed: “The apostle of peace, Jesus Christ (AS), preached love, compassion and brotherhood. His teachings are perhaps more relevant now than ever before, when the world is ridden with hate, greed, intolerance and violence.”
“May this auspicious occasion usher the strengthening of communal bonds, brotherhood, amity and the glorious pluralistic traditions for which Jammu and Kashmir has been known for centuries,” he added.
Chairman, Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council, Amrit Malhotra has also greeted the people of the State on the eve of Christmas.
State Congress chief Prof Saifuddin Soz has also felicitated the people on the eve of Christmas.
While extending his greeting Prof Soz hoped that year 2013 will prove to be a harbinger of peace, progress and prosperity for the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
PDP Patron Mufti Muhammad Sayeed and the party president Mehbooba Mufti have also greeted the people on Christmas.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 24 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 24 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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