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Christmas celebrated with religious fervour in Nagaland
Correspondent/PTI DIMAPUR, DEC 27:
Published on 28 Dec. 2010 12:15 AM IST
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Christians in Kohima and Dimapur thronged Churches of different denominations Sunday morning to celebrate Christmas, the largest festival in Nagaland.
On Christmas Eve, revelers observed the day by bursting fire crackers in various colonies.
Much ahead of Christmas, houses, Churches, public buildings and market places in various districts were illuminated with decorative lights, Christmas trees and stars.
As the much awaited festival of peace finally arrived, Churches organized special Christmas mass/services which drew both young and old who in their best attires attended Church services besides sharing joy, Christmas cakes and exchange of gifts and Christmas feast.
Nagaland governor Nikhil Kumar in his message said Christmas was a time to cherish peace and goodwill, a time for love and forgiveness and a time to celebrate and rejoice.
Also wishing the people a merry Christmas and a happy new year, chief minister Neiphiu Rio, in a local broadcast, reminded the people of the state on the need for inner peace when they outwardly rejoiced during the festive season. Neiphiu Rio called upon the people to strengthen the bond of fraternity in Naga society through reconciliation with a spirit of forgiveness in true Christian teachings.
In Kohima, though everything went on peacefully except for some minor vehicular accidents, the state capital wore almost a deserted look as most of the city dwellers left for their respective villages and home towns.
The few denizens of Kohima who were left behind were either seen attending Church services or were engaged in family gatherings.
The power department did their best during Christmas celebration by providing uninterrupted power supply not to dampen the spirit of revelers.
On the other hand, while the town folks were enjoying and celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, the state police took pains by constantly conducting patrol in every corner of the city to make sure that peace and tranquility prevailed.
Post Christmas, business came almost to an abrupt halt as the number of people doing last minute marketing drastically went down. However bakeries continued with brisk business even till Sunday with people continuing to trickle in to buy Christmas cakes and other confectionary items.

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