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Tourists from different parts of the country and world joined the locals on the auspicious day and prayed for peace and brotherhood as well.

Despite biting cold, thousands of Christians thronged several churches in city to attend the midnight mass yesterday heralding Christmas celebrations.

The Bishop conveyed his Christmas wishes and prayed for worldly peace and prosperity.

Church members and the choir sang Christmas carols and hymns as part of Christmas Eve celebrations from 11 pm.

In Gulmarg's Saint Mary's church, Santa Claus distributed chocolates and candies among the children.

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Shah said the officials of the Tourism department would also attend travel and trade fairs to woo more tourists to Kashmir. May the spirit of Christmas be the harbinger of prosperity, abundance and peace in your lives. "I hope that the holy occasion is an omen of communal harmony, love for humanity & compassion for all across the world". Kashmir belongs to all of us and we live happily together.

First Baptist Church of Meridian celebrated Christmas Eve with singing and worshiping along with having The Lords Supper.

In a Monday message, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi congratulated Christians around the world on the advent of the Christian New Year and the birthday anniversary of Jesus Christ. The Christmas celebrations began with midnight mass late on Saturday night in all the churches of Hyderabad. The original bell was damaged in a fire on June 7, 1967.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi felicitated the Christian community from across the globe on Christmas, appreciating the efforts of Pakistan's Christian community for socio-economic development of their homeland. "The ones who haven't have already been rewarded", Omar Abdullah wrote on micro-blogging site twitter.

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