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"We prayed for world peace and especially for peace in Kashmir".

Worshippers across the country gathered in churches and cathedrals decorated with twinkling lights for the midnight service to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

The incident was caught in CCTV camera of the Baptist Church at Hawakana area of the town and it had also gone viral on social media with people condemning the incident which took place hours after the midnight service.

Christmas was celebrated on Monday in Jammu and Kashmir with traditional enthusiasm and religious fervour with members of the small population of Christians in the valley thronging churches for Mass as special prayers were held for world peace.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished people on Christmas, saying, "We remember the noble teachings of Lord Christ".

Special cakes were cut and candies were distributed among the devotees. Cakes were offered to Christian brethren after special worship and prayers.

However, people missed "White Christmas" as there was no snowfall in the Valley. "We wish peace to every brother and sister", he said.




We hope that British Columbians throughout the province have a safe and joyful Christmas season.

Special lighting arrangements have also been made in malls and other public areas, with a large decorated Christmas tree in the vicinity.

Hafeez said skiing and snowboarding championships would also be held during the winter season. "Christ was born for us, to save us from our sins, the least we can do is come on His day of birth and celebrate with Him and celebrate with our church family", says Pastor Flynn.

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

The department has already inaugurated skiing and other winter sports activities at Gulmarg.

Archbishop of Goa and Daman, Filipe Neri Ferrao, in his message, appealed to the people to spread the message of peace, love and harmony.

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