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Churches across Odisha were decorated with lights, candles, Christmas trees and bells.

"Indubitably, hope for further promulgation of Jesus Christ's message will be a harbinger of a spiritual and progressive world". God brought peace on the earth. "Due to last year's unrest, celebrations were restricted only to prayers", he said, adding, "This year, too, there were no special functions as our focus mostly remained on the message of peace and love, and spirituality". "Merry Christmas everyone", Mehbooba tweeted.

This Christmas is all about breaking religious boundaries and celebrating the festival of love and brotherhood.

Churches across Turkey were packed with Christian faithfuls who convened for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services.

Riley said the church's Christmas Eve service is a tradition he loves to be a part of.

In Hyderabad, the Christian community also celebrated Christmas with the religious fervour and festivity by attending events in the churches and holding parties at their residences. "At the end of the service everyone comes forward and adds their light so that we have these attractive lights burning at the front of the church".

Special cattle sheds and mangers were erected to mark the occasion at the churches depicting the birth of Jesus.

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St Joseph's Cathedral in Golmuri, the biggest church in Jamshedpur, witnessed a cro-wd of around 2,200 for midnight mass.

The celebrations that commenced today will now continue in the beach state till the New Year. Christmas spreads the message of love and peace.

Speaking at another Christmas celebration at Punjabi Bagh, the chief minister expressed happiness over celebrating the festival with the people and thanked the organisers Sarvodaya Adivasi Jan Kalyan Sanstha.

Furthermore, a private hotel here erected a 63-feet-tall steel Christmas tree using 1.2 tons of steel, built by 30 workmen over a span of seven days.

Kolkata celebrated Christmas by holding midnight masses and carols that continued through the day.

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.