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Christmas, a time to heal wounds: Nikhil

Governor, Nikhil Kumar speaking at the pre-Christmas celebrations at Durbar Hall, Raj Bhavan, Kohima on Saturday. (DIPR)
Correspondent KOHIMA, DEC 4 (NPN):
Published on 5 Dec. 2010 12:04 AM IST
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Governor, Nikhil Kumar on Saturday said that Christmas spirit has set in and that it was time to heal the wounds, close divisions and to remain united.
Speaking at the pre-Christmas celebration at Durbar Hall, Raj Bhavan Kohima on Saturday evening under the theme “Light for today, hope for tomorrow,” Nikhil said it was that time of the year when people receive Christmas tidings. He hoped that the season would usher in a new tomorrow and a prosperous 2011. Appreciating the children from the orphanage home, Kohima for their melodious rendition of Christmas carols, the governor prayed for their bright future and hoped that they were well looked after.
Chief minister, Neiphiu Rio in his greetings called upon the people for rededication in the spirit of Christmas. As Christians, Rio said Christmas was not only a celebration but a hope for tomorrow. He said that one should not be hopeless but hopeful not only in this life but after life as well.
“If there is no peace with us and within our society, maybe we are not upholding our Christian values,” he said and urged for upholding “our Christian values so that the Prince of Peace live in each one of us and rule our Nagaland.”
He also appreciated the governor and his wife for showing their concern by organizing the event and making it possible for Nagas to come together and worship. Nagaland being a Christian state, December brings in a lot of festivities and celebrations and Christmas outshined all celebrations because it is the birthday of the Lord Jesus Christ, he said. He also harped on the importance of peace stating that it was a means of upholding Christian norms. ‘Let us uphold Christian values so that the prince of peace could live in us and rule Nagaland,’ Rio added.
Other highlights of the programme included Christmas tidings by Rev Moa Longchari, Baptist Mission Church Kohima, Christmas carols by the children of Orphanage Home Kohima, special numbers by legislators and wives, choir of Chakhesang Baptist Church, Ministers’ Hill, Kohima and the chief secretary’s band. According to DIPR, special numbers were also presented by Naga Idol 2010, Renbeni Odyuo and a string ensemble by School of Music, Kohima.
(with DIPR inputs)

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