SRINAGAR — The miniscule Christian population of Kashmir on Saturday celebrated Christmas with traditional enthusiasm and religious fervour as the devotees thronged churches for mass and held special prayers amid the unabated cold wave.
The biggest mass in the Valley was held at the Holy Family Catholic Church at Maulana Azad Road in the heart of Srinagar city, where hundreds of Christians, including women and children, assembled to celebrate the birthday of Jesus Christ and held special prayers.
Srinagar Mayor Junaid Azim Mattu visited newly inaugurated St. Luke’s Church at Dalgate and greeted the Christian community on Christmas.
As part of midnight celebrations, chorus prayers were also organized. Large number of community members participated in the midnight mass. Later, special prayers were led by the father of the church.
Father of the church threw light on the teachings of Jesus Christ and sent across a message of peace and love.
Similar functions were held in Anantnag and Baramulla towns and the world-famous ski resort of Gulmarg.
It is imperative to state that as per the 2011 Census, out of total 35,631 Christian population of J&K, Kashmir has 11,857 Christian members.