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M’laya: Agog with Christmas celebration
Correspondent SHILLONG, DEC 21:
Published on 22 Dec. 2010 12:31 AM IST
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Christmas preparations in Meghalaya have already started and reached a peak even as children brave the chill winter and are singing carols along with their beloved Santa Claus.
The bedecked city of Shillong resembled a fairyland with spectacular illumination of lights and festoons with red lights atop the houses to symbolise the descent of Lord Jesus to the Earth. Christmas trees and wreaths adorned almost every household. All the Churches, missionary schools and institutions were also decorated with colourful buntings and lights.
Tourists from other states of the country were flocking to the city to participate in the celebrations.
“It’s an interesting place seeing children of different religious background chanting Christmas hymns,’’ said, Shiva Kumar Rai a tourist from North Bengal who is here to celebrate Christmas with her family.
All communities, irrespective of religious faith, joined their Christian brethren in this predominantly Christian state to celebrate Christmas enthusiastically.
The Central Puja Committee (CPC), the apex Hindu body in the state, also decided to participate in the Christmas celebrations.
“Like the previous years, this year too, we will join our Christian brethrens to mark the arrival of the messenger of peace and love”, CPC working president, Naba Bhattacharjee said. Meanwhile, Christmas carols were heard across Meghalaya since the past one week, braving the chilled winter. All the young and old joined Santa Claus in Christmas carols.
All the hotels and tourist lodges in the city had started arranging parties and other activities.
Special Christmas cakes were being prepared in almost every household and bakeries to add embellishments to the festival.

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