Cassian Baliarsingh

Midnight carols and holy masses in the praise of Lord Jesus marked Christmas celebrations as people across Odisha celebrated the birth of Jesus with pomp and grandeur.

People erupted in festive mood and gathered in thousands at various churches and decked up cathedrals to celebrate the birth of their Lord, the Way, the Truth and the Life.

After two years of lull due to Covid-19 pandemic, churches are all decked up with colourful lights and festooned with beautiful stars. Churches witnessed overwhelmed and enthusiast crowd who added spice to the Christmas celebrations by singing carols, distributing sweets, cakes and rejoicing in the name of the Lord.

Christmas is celebrated to remember the birth of Jesus, who Christians believe is the Son of God. The day is to celebrate light, laughter, peace, joy and unconditional love for one and all. Meanwhile, Christ followers are on cloud nine to celebrate the day after two years of Covid-19. 

“We are more than excited. We are able to celebrate the birth of Jesus after two years of Covid-19 pandemic. I wish Merry Christmas to everyone and I wish everyone is happy and peace be upon everyone. Apart from the birthday of Christ, this day is to celebrate love and spread love,” said Reena from Cuttack.

“I’m very happy that we are able to celebrate Christmas after two years. The lights, decoration and gatherings after two years are beyond amazing. It feels so good to finally see everyone get together. But, we are following all the necessary precautions. I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and hope this day brings a lot of happiness, love and peace in everyone’s life. I also wish everyone a Happy New Year,” said Barsha Biswas from Cuttack.

“The celebration was put on hold for the last two years due to the lockdown. But, we are very happy today that we are able to celebrate it in the name of Lord Jesus,” said a Christian devotee from Sambalpur. 

Meanwhile, the district administrations beefed up security arrangements to avoid any kind of untoward incident and appealed to people to maintain peace and celebrate Christmas happily.