Greetings have started pouring in as yet another Christmas has arrived amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with the Pope calling on the faithful to value the “little things in life” and show solidarity with the poor
President Ram Nath Kovind too shared his greetings on Christmas Eve and urged the citizens to resolve to build a society based on the values of justice and liberty by adopting the ideals and teachings of Jesus Christ in their lives.
In a message, the President has said, “On the auspicious occasion of Christmas, I extend my warm greetings and best wishes to all the fellow citizens, especially our Christian brothers and sisters.”
Similarly, PM Modi greeted the nation this morning, tweeting, “Christmas greetings to everyone! We recall the life and noble teachings of Jesus Christ, which placed topmost emphasis on service, kindness and humility. May everyone be healthy and prosperous. May there be harmony all around.”
Meanwhile, Omicron, the new coronavirus strain has disrupted holiday travel during the Christmas weekend, with tracking websites reporting over 2,300 flight cancellations around the world.
Several states in the country, including capital Delhi, have banned Christmas celebrations in view of a rise in Omicron cases.
Here are the LIVE Updates on Christmas 2021:
President Ram Nath Kovind greets nation on Christmas.
Merry Christmas to fellow citizens, especially to our Christian brothers and sisters, in India and abroad. On this joyous occasion, let us resolve to build a society that is based on the values of justice & liberty and adopt the teachings of Jesus Christ in our lives.
– President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) December 25, 2021
PM Modi greets nation on Christmas, recalls “life and noble teachings of Jesus Christ”.
PM Modi tweeted:
Christmas greetings to everyone! We recall the life and noble teachings of Jesus Christ, which placed topmost emphasis on service, kindness and humility. May everyone be healthy and prosperous. May there be harmony all around.
– Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 25, 2021
Locals along with foreigners offered prayers at Church of St. John in the Wilderness in Dharamshala on the eve of Christmas.
Central Baptist Church in Chandni Chowk and Sacred Heart Cathedral in Gol Market remain closed for visitors on #Christmas due to COVID-19.
Maharashtra Govt has asked churches to permit devotees only up to 50% of their capacity for the midnight mass