Christmas spirit all pervading in Hyderabad

Youngsters lit up candles ahead of the mid night mass on Christmas Eve at St. Mary's Basilica here on Tuesday night.Photo: Surya Sridhar

Hyderabad: The city on Tuesday exuded festive cheer and Yuletide spirit! Churches and cathedrals in Secunderabad and Hyderabad were decked up, ready to welcome worshippers for prayers that started in the evening and continued well into the midnight.

Dressed in their finest, thousands of worshippers from across the city attended the midnight mass at churches. The streets, eateries, commercial establishments, malls, shopping complexes and office spaces were awash with the warmth of the festive spirit. Churches set up cribs with the nativity scene, depicting the birth of Christ. A manger or barn was recreated with figures representing Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus.

From early morning, churches across the city witnessed hectic activity as they got ready before the all-important midnight mass. The renowned churches in and around Secunderabad including the St Mary’s Basilica on S D Road, St John’s Church in Marredpally, St Anthony’s Shrine in Mettuguda, All Saint’s Church near Military Hospital, Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Wesley Church in Secunderabad were tastefully decorated with dazzling lights.

Special arrangements were made to welcome worshippers who were expected to take part in the midnight mass. Special mass has also been planned on Christmas day at Wesley Church in Koti, St George’s Church in Bogulkunta. Stores, stationery shops and markets were decked up with Christmas paraphernalia. Families too tastefully decorated their homes with scenes from nativity, wreaths, candy canes, and of course the ubiquitous Christmas tree.

Special exhibition at SJM

On the occasion of Christmas, Salar Jung Museum (SJM) is organising a special photo exhibition titled ‘Birth of Jesus Christ’. The photographs on display were taken from the original artefacts of this museum.

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