Army Chief joins Christmas celebrations at Christ Church, Rawalpindi

26 December, 2017, 03:59 | Author: Katrina Soto
  • Qamar Bajwa joined Christian community at Christ Church in Rawalpindi

Christians thronged the Parishes during midnight and offered prayers.

Due to cyclone Ockhi that affected several people in the state, the Latin Catholic churches avoided celebrations.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and the governor of the state N.N Vohra greeted the Christian community on the auspicious day.

For people of many backgrounds, Christmas is an opportunity for families to gather together and celebrate warmth, good food and good company.

The Santa Claus distributed chocolates and candies among the children as the Tourism Department ensured gala Christmas celebrations at ski resort Gulmarg.

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The Tourism Department had made elaborate arrangements for making the festival grand lighting up lanterns and organizing cultural programmes.

Shah said the officials of the Tourism department would also attend travel and trade fairs to woo more tourists to Kashmir.

"Occasions like Christmas remind us to rekindle the spirit of harmony, brotherhood & lead a virtuous life". A representative each from Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and Christian communities came together in October to ring the bell at the 121-year-old Catholic Church in the heart of Srinagar, for the first time in 50 years.

"I hope in the year ahead, we will be witnessing further cooperation and rapport on the path to boosting and deepening peace, security and tranquility, and further consolidation of friendships across the globe", he added. It is a day set aside to recognize the birth of their Saviour, Jesus Christ, and to give thanks to God for the gift of salvation.

"#MerryChristmas to all of you".

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