- The festival day was marked by prayers and special services and singing of carols at the churches
- Christmas celebrations were witnessed in Kolkata and other parts of West Bengal as well
Shillong: The festival Christmas is in Region finally. It has been celebrated fully in three Christian dominated north-eastern states Mizoram, Meghalaya and Nagaland—as well as in West Bengal.
The festival day was marked by prayers and special services and singing of carols at the churches. In Meghalaya, government buildings, residential areas and churches were spruced up with lights and illuminated stars. At the Shillong Cathedral of the Catholics, a special midnight service was led by Arch Bishop Rev. Dominic Jala.
Meghalaya Governor Ganga Prasad wishes the people and said, as we celebrate Christmas, let us resolve to revere the spirit of Christmas by treating one another with love and compassion and to share and care for the mankind.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Mukul Sangma said, may this season of goodwill further strengthen the bond of friendship and camaraderie and brings bountiful blessings to all. In neighbouring Nagaland, people started thronging the churches to attend the special service since the morning.
Nagaland CM Chief Minister T R Zeliang also wished the people on the occasion. Christmas celebrations were witnessed in Kolkata and other parts of West Bengal as well.
Serpentine queues of people were seen outside the brightly illuminated St Paul’s Cathedral in Kolkata, Bandel Church in Hooghly and at other places as people went inside the prayer hall with candles during the day, it added.