Odisha rejoices in Christmas revelry

Bhubaneswar: Feasting, partying and gift sharing throughout the intervening chilling night of Wednesday marked the yuledite spirit of the Christian fraternity in the state. Much before the clock struck the midnight, commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, the revellers swung into festive mood with children singing carols.

While members of the Christian community were seen busy with midnight prayers and wishes, children took up the cake cutting way to celebrate the annual occasion.

All the churches in the state were decked up with illuminating lights. The spine chilling cold in places like Kandhamal, which has been coldest place for past few days failed to deter the spirit to celebrate the festive occasion.

“Wish you all Merry Christmas. It is just the beginning of festivities which will continue for a week. We wish peace and happiness to all our brothers and sisters,” said Herman Joseph, a reveller.

“We will feast under the lit up Coniferous trees,” said Minz, a native of Krushnachadrapur in Mayurbhanj district while elaborating his day-long plan.