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Christians in Manipur celebrate Christmas
Correspondent IMPHAL, DEC 26:
Published on 26 Dec. 2010 11:57 PM IST
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Braving the icy cold winter, Christmas was celebrated by the Christians in Manipur with great joy like in other parts of the globe. Toll of church bells echoed not only the hills but valley areas too the entire night on Saturday. Cold waves swept across the state this winter season and the temperature dropped as low as 2.4 Celsius yesterday. Meteorological officials observed this as the lowest so far in this season even though mercury raised only upto 20 Celsius during the day on Saturday.
Despite the cold weather, villagers in hundreds thronged village churches and offered prayers to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ. Along with the Christians, many people belonging to different religions celebrated Christmas exchanging cakes and gifts.
Reports from hill districts of Manipur where majority of tribes settled there follow Christianity, said that the day was celebrated with a festive mood. The icy cool winter night could not dampen the festive spirit of the villagers. In Tamenglong district, different denominations like Baptists and Catholics celebrated the day at their respective churches with great joy. All shops and markets were closed for the last two days and took part in the celebration.
Troops of 11 Assam Rifles under the aegis of Red Shield Division donated Rs 5000 gift to the chairman of Longkaiphun village in Tamenglong district. The battalion also gifted sports materials to the villagers of Longkaiphun, Nungba subdivision of the same district.
Further, the battalion donated generator to the Hindi Baptist Church in the district. An AR spokesman said that the endeavor was to bring peace and prosperity in Tamenglong.

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