Christmas, an annual festival, commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, was celebrated today on 25 December by people around the world with great excitement.

Thousands of Christian devotees in the Muslim majority Kashmir Valley arrived at the nearby churches on Tuesday morning, to perform their religious duties with zest and zeal.

In Srinagar, Christian devotees arrived at morning to participate in the prayer gathering at The Holy Family Catholic Church in the city center.

The Church was lit up with multi-color lights, while devotees sat quietly on the benches, fingers crossed, heads down, offering prayers.

“Christmas conveys a message to have the attitude of selfless love, good relationship between each other and to give and share,” said the Father Jobi of Holy Family Catholic Church.

He prayed, “May this Christmas bring peace in Kashmir as the region has been facing hurdles from time to time.”

Amid the chilly winter long prayers were held in other churches across the Kashmir for hours.

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