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People across India celebrate Christmas with fervour and gaiety

December 25, 2011 - Kochi/Manali

Festive fever gripped India as people enthusiastically participated in Christmas celebrations and rejoiced by singing Christmas carols and exchanging gifts with each other.

People from all over India congregated in Himachal Pradesh's Manali town to enjoy the festive season, which is set to continue till New Year.

"It's our first trip to Manali and it is extra special because it is Christmas time. And the fever and spirit of Christmas in Manali is spectacular with the snow and the lights and all the tourists. It's very festive," said Mala Makhan, a tourist from Cape Town.

Amidst enthusiasm, the tourists said that the town is in full mood of Christmas celebrations.

"We have come here for Christmas celebrations. Christmas celebrations are going too good. Weather is too cool here and we are really enjoying ," said Pooja, a tourist from Delhi.

A mesmerizing scenario was also witnessed in Kerala's Kochi city, as the Christians were seen singing and enjoying Christmas carols on the streets.

"The whole world is celebrating the birth of Jesus. We are also celebrating the birth of Jesus in our own way. All children have gathered here," said reverend father Mathew D. Cunnah, chief priest of St. John church.

Small girls were seen dressed as fairies and boys dressed as Santa Claus - in his trademark red dress, with long, white beard.

Marking the birth of Jesus Christ, Christmas is celebrated across the world on December 25.


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