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In pictures: Christmas celebrations across India

Updated : December 25, 2019 01:18 PM IST

Christians in India on Wednesday celebrated Christmas with traditional fervour and piety rejoicing the birth of Jesus Christ, with the faithful thronging churches for special prayers and midnight mass. As church bells tolled signalling the moment of nativity, the devotees congregated for the midnight service in cathedrals and churches across India where senior bishops and priests conducted special masses and gave out the Christmas message. Pope Francis ushered in Christmas for the world's 1.3 billion Catholics with a message of unconditional love, saying "God continues to love us all, even the worst of us".

An illuminated view of St Mary's Catholic Church on Christmas eve, in Amritsar, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. (PTI Photo)
An illuminated view of St Mary's Catholic Church on Christmas eve, in Amritsar, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. (PTI Photo)
People light candles outside the Sacred Heart Cathedral on Christmas eve in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. Though the Hindus and Muslims comprise majority of the population in India, Christmas is a national holiday celebrated with much fanfare. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
People light candles outside the Sacred Heart Cathedral on Christmas eve in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. Though the Hindus and Muslims comprise majority of the population in India, Christmas is a national holiday celebrated with much fanfare. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
A man offers a rose to a child after she lit a candle at the Sacred Heart Cathedral on Christmas eve in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
A man offers a rose to a child after she lit a candle at the Sacred Heart Cathedral on Christmas eve in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
A child looks at lights arranged in the shape of a Christmas tree on the eve of Christmas in Kohima, capital of the northeastern Indian state of Nagaland, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Yirmiyan Arthur)
A child looks at lights arranged in the shape of a Christmas tree on the eve of Christmas in Kohima, capital of the northeastern Indian state of Nagaland, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Yirmiyan Arthur)
Indians shop for Christmas decorations in Cochin, Kerala state, India, Saturday, Dec.21, 2019. (AP Photo/R S Iyer)
Indians shop for Christmas decorations in Cochin, Kerala state, India, Saturday, Dec.21, 2019. (AP Photo/R S Iyer)
Young Christmas carolers arrive to perform at a house in Kohima, capital of the northeastern state of Nagaland, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019. Nagas, an indigenous people stretched across several states in the northeast and also in Myanmar, are predominantly Christians. (AP Photo/Yirmiyan Arthur)
Young Christmas carolers arrive to perform at a house in Kohima, capital of the northeastern state of Nagaland, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019. Nagas, an indigenous people stretched across several states in the northeast and also in Myanmar, are predominantly Christians. (AP Photo/Yirmiyan Arthur)
Indian Christians attend a Christmas mass at a church in Gauhati, India, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
Indian Christians attend a Christmas mass at a church in Gauhati, India, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
A sand sculpture created by artist Sudarshan Patnaik with a message 'Go Green' on the eve of Christmas, in Puri, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. (PTI Photo)
A sand sculpture created by artist Sudarshan Patnaik with a message 'Go Green' on the eve of Christmas, in Puri, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. (PTI Photo)
People light candles at St.Marry Garrison Church on the eve of Christmas, in Jammu, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. (PTI Photo)
People light candles at St.Marry Garrison Church on the eve of Christmas, in Jammu, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. (PTI Photo)
Tourists seen at Mall Road on the eve of Christmas, in Manali, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. (PTI Photo)
Tourists seen at Mall Road on the eve of Christmas, in Manali, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. (PTI Photo)
Hollywood-Bollywood actor J Brandon Hill who dressed himself as Santa Claus celebrates with children on the eve of Christmas, in Mumbai, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. (PTI Photo)
Hollywood-Bollywood actor J Brandon Hill who dressed himself as Santa Claus celebrates with children on the eve of Christmas, in Mumbai, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. (PTI Photo)
People walk through a space illuminated for Christmas in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
People walk through a space illuminated for Christmas in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
Worshippers walk towards the Holy Family Catholic church seen illuminated on Christmas Eve in Srinagar, India, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)
Worshippers walk towards the Holy Family Catholic church seen illuminated on Christmas Eve in Srinagar, India, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)
Worshipper pray inside the Holy Family Catholic church on Christmas Eve in Srinagar, India, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)
Worshipper pray inside the Holy Family Catholic church on Christmas Eve in Srinagar, India, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)
Indian students in Santa Claus costumes walk by the Kankariya Lake as they celebrate Christmas in Ahmadabad, India, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
Indian students in Santa Claus costumes walk by the Kankariya Lake as they celebrate Christmas in Ahmadabad, India, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
Indian students in Santa Claus costumes pose for photographs by the Kankariya Lake as they celebrate Christmas in Ahmadabad, India, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
Indian students in Santa Claus costumes pose for photographs by the Kankariya Lake as they celebrate Christmas in Ahmadabad, India, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
A woman stands for a photograph in a space illuminated for Christmas in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
A woman stands for a photograph in a space illuminated for Christmas in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
Published : December 25, 2019 01:18 PM IST
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