Political leaders extend Christmas greetings to Christian community

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The holy night of Christmas was celebrated across Turkey late on December 24, gathering Christians in Turkey and people of all religions and cultures visiting from around the world.

"However, my special felicitations go to the respected Iranian Christian community whose members have, by drawing on the teachings of Jesus Christ, stood by their fellow countrymen through good times and tribulations, and, as an integral part of ran's glorious culture and civilization, have always striven to further develop and promote the country".

Although Christmas is an important festival for Christians, people around the world beyond religious barriers celebrate the day with full fervour.

Meanwhile, Christmas Mass was also held at St Mary's Church in tourist destination Gulmarg. In some of the churches, the services concluded with the distribution of cake and coffee.

Everyone from the community prayed for the peace and prosperity in Kashmir with people from other religions joining them.

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When contacted Father Roy of all saints catholic church, Maulana Azad Road he said they prayed for peace, prosperity and brotherhood in the world in general and Jammu and Kashmir in particular.

Many churches in the state held outdoor services with night vigil. "We wish peace to every brother and sister", he said. In the folk calendar, Christmas begins as early as midnight after Christmas Eve.

Chief Minister Mehbooba took to twitter and greeted people on the eve of Christmas. Director Tourism, Mahmood Ahmad Shah said Gulmarg, being a skiing destination, foreigners across the world come to visit the place.

"We are now stepping up tourism promotion by visiting many cities across the country too for tourism seminars, road shows", he said.

The department has already inaugurated skiing and other winter sports activities at Gulmarg.

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