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Christmas peaceful in State
Correspondent KOHIMA, DEC 26 (NPN/PTI):
Published on 27 Dec. 2009 1:07 AM IST
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The Christian dominated state of Nagaland perhaps had the most peaceful Christmas celebrations with no report of any major untoward incidences throughout the state. Christmas was celebrated peacefully amidst carols and fellowships on Friday. After attending the midnight mass, people were seen thronging the churches of different denominations in their best attire to attend the morning services. People, particularly women and children, headed to The churches to attend Christmas celebrations in Dimapur, Kohima, Mokokchung and other areas. In the state capital Kohima, children, youths along with elders were seen out on the streets singing Christmas carols such as “Santa Claus is coming to town,’ ‘Jingle bells’ etc. Colonies put-up Christmas trees, with “Santa Claus” decorated with illuminated lights. Christmas parties were also organised. Many Churches held special services. Exchange of greetings, merry making, visits to near and dear ones and community feasts marked the celebration across hills and valleys of Nagaland where the escalating food price could not act as a dampner. Nagaland Governor, Chief Minister, Maharastra Governor greeted the people. on the occasion. Christianity started here in the later part of 19th century through the ‘Ao Naga’ when American Baptist missionaries spread the message of Gospel.

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