Christmas Celebrated with Gaiety in Two Telugu States

Hyderabad:A�Christians in the two Telugu States of Telangana and Andhra PradeshA�celebrated Christmas with religious fervour and gaiety, by organizing congregations and special prayers in churches since the early hours of the day. The festivities started withA�midnightA�mass at many churches in the twin cities of Secunderabad andA�Hyderabad, which have a sizeable population of Christians.

Major congregations and special prayers were conducted at many Churches, where large number of devotees attended.A� Hundreds of Christians participated in the prayers atA�St John’sA�ChurchA�in Secunderabad, St Mary’s Church, All Saint’s Church, Wesley Church,A�HolyA�TrinityA�ChurchA�andA�Millennium MethodistA�Church. Priests prayed for world peace and highlighted the message of Jesus’ birth.A� Many of the churches were decorated and illuminated. Christian families cut the cake as part of the celebrations and exchanged greetings.A�

Christmas festival was celebrated on a grand scale at NTR Trust Bhavan here.A� The three-day celebrations also started at the historic Church of South India (CSI) at Medak, about 100 km from here. The celebrations were also held in Khammam, Adilabad and other towns in Telangana.

In Andhra Pradesh, the celebrations were held inA�Visakhapatnam,A�Vijayawada, Ongole, Kadapa, Bheemavaram, PuttaparthiA�and other towns.

YSR Congress Party president and Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, accompanied by his family members participated in the Christmas celebrations atA�CSIA�ChurchA�in Pulivendula in Kadapa district. -NSS

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