As the novel coronavirus has dampened the festivities of most festivals this year, Christmas used to be no exception as the festival witnessed more digital celebrations on its Eve. Since the tradition holds that Jesus used to be born at night, many churches all over the world hold prayers on the evening of December 24 annually to commemorate the birth of Jesus. Yearly, those who used to visit the prayer meet or Nighttime Mass at church, have preferred to do the same at home, this year.
ANI had a conversation with some devout entities and civilians all over the world to understand how they celebrated the festival amid the pandemic.
“I am celebrating Christmas at home, with my parents,” Jewel Francis, a resident of Nagpur said.
Adding approximately the biggest difference he observed between Christmas this year and the one before the pandemic, he said, “Assembly up with relatives isn’t thinkable at this very moment and I see that as the biggest difference today.”
Going to Church is a large a part of the Christmas spirit. Attending the Sermon and assembly up with people certainly has its own warmth but because of the Covid-19 fear, many states have been observing night curfews.
Television actor Manish Goplani, residing in Mumbai told that hardly, fifty percent of the preceding crowd used to be at the church because of Mumbai’s night curfew.
Goa, where the majority of Christians reside, is totally drenched in lights. Despite the fact that all the place used to be complemented by the firecracker show for people to make most of their festival, also people preferred house parties this year, told Dr. Vinit Bandekar, a civilian from the state.
“Lots of the Goan youth used to meet up in the dark after a prayer assembly. Suited up for an open-air party, used to be also part of, the celebrations, which is lacking this time,” he added.
Brian Lewis an engineer from West Coast, Japan mentioned that the true meaning of the occasion is to cause light all through the darkest time of the year by helping the ones in need, hence not visiting the Church this year didn’t make a difference for him and his circle of relatives. Peace on soil and a better 2021, is all he wished for.
The devotees, who visited Church for the once a year prayer meet, were asked to follow all of the safety measures inclusive of wearing a face mask and completing the sanitization process at the entrance of the holy place. Father Johnson, Chairman of All India Christian & Minority Organization praised all of the authority members and those that attended the Nighttime Mass for adhering to the rules and regulations of the Government.
(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed. )
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