Christmas preparations are in full swing in the city. Various choir groups have started rehearsing carol singing. All churches in the city and the cantonment are being decked up for the big occasion.
“It is the time of the year where mainly college students come together and go house to house carol singing. It is the sheer joy of coming together, which is very healthy. Even though we are stressed in our lives this activity of singing brings smiles and helps us to forget all problems. It brings colours to the festivities.” says Simon D’souza, a young professional.
Like every year the bishop house at Golmuri is being decked up for the celebration where more than 500 people are expected to gather on Christmas day.
On the eve of Christmas day, a mass midnight prayer will be organised in elaborate decoration will be done on this occasion at all the churches in city including St Mary’s Church, Bistupur, Beldih Baptist Church, Northern Town and St Anthony’s Church in Pursudih.
Officials of St Mary’s Church said that the tableaux of Jesus Christ would specially be made for this auspicious occasion. The entire premises would also be decorated where people belonging to all section will light up candles on the Christmas day.
A member of the Young Man’s Christian Association (YMCA) said that in the changed scenario the role of Santa Claus should be amended in accordance with the requirement and demand of the time. “The society at large is confronting various problems at different streams and there is no harm in employing Santa Claus for a greater cause,” said the YMCA member.
During the last week of the December Santa Claus, generally depicted as a plump, jolly, white-bearded man wearing a red coat with white collar and cuffs, white-cuffed red trousers, and black leather belt and boots could be traced at popular places in the city wishing Christmas and New Year greetings and distributing chocolates among the pedestrians particularly among the children.
Meanwhile a lot of shops in Bistupur and Sakchi are decked up with Christmas and New Year cards, decoration items, not to mention stars and Christmas trees-the city will be painted in red and white to bring in the Yuletide with fervour.
Mouth–watering Christmas cakes have been displayed at famous shops like Relish, Howrah Bakery and Brubeck Bakery. The youth are especially excited to celebrate the occasion with devotion.
“I think the spirit of Christmas is becoming more secular, it is not longer seen as only a Christian festival,” says Larry D’Souza who lives in Sonari. Preparations for Christmas are on in full scale. Choir practice has assumed importance. Edward Mendes leading tenors, says choirs in the city will be performing at different functions.
A senior functionary, Christian Community Welfare Council of India said that the community waits for the entire year for this day to celebrate with fervour. A lot of people are seen celebrating Christmas with inmates of orphanages and old age homes, making the day even more special for everyone he added.