Srinagar: Christmas was celebrated in Kashmir valley at all the designated churches including the Holy Catholic Church at Residency Road in Srinagar. Christians were seen coming into the churches to celebrate and they were greeted by other people including Muslims.
The biggest highlight of this Christmas was the re-opening and renovation of a 100-years-old historic St Luke’s Church near chest disease hospital in Dalgate Srinagar. It was an abandoned and depilated structure and was redeemed to its original architecture by the J&K tourism department.
Christmas, the birthday of Jesus Christ (AS), was celebrated with religious fervour and gaiety across J&K today. Local as well as non-local devotees thronged to the churches to offer special prayers. The churches in Kashmir were decorated with Christmas bells and Christmas trees.