Jamshedpur: Pappu Sardar, the well-known fan of the Bollywood heartthrob Madhuri Dixit spread joy on the eve of Christmas at Sakchi and Golmuri St Joseph Cathedral. Dressed like Santa Claus as part of the celebration he distributed chocolates and gifts. He also distributed blankets among the poor and sought blessings from them. On the occasion, Pappu first felicitated OC of Sakchi Police station at Sakchi and started his drive.
It may be mentioned that Pappu has been celebrating Madhuri’s birthday since mid-90s and shot into the limelight for his attraction towards the actress. In 2008 he even got the oppourtunity to meet Madhuri. Moreover, his day begin with offering pujas for the actress.
“I think it is the love of the people that have inspired me to carry the celebrations. I try to spread smiles among the needy,” said Pappu.
At the stroke of midnight, Church bells rang and Christians across the city celebrated Christmas with religious fervour and enthusiasm. Midnight mass was held at several big and small churches in the city.
Christmas trees and wreaths adorned almost every household. Youngsters, clad in new clothes went around the city singing carols, celebrating Christmas with great enthusiasm. People from different religious backgrounds also took part in the celebrations and exchanged greetings.
“The celebrations were simpler this year due to incidents in Mumbai
and Orissa. We have appealed for peace and harmony so that happiness prevails in the society,” S R Das, president of Christian Community Welfare Council.
Special prayers were offered at churches and the pastors rendered select chapters from the Holy Bible. They exhorted the community members to be good to others and set an example.
“Jesus Christ was an apostle of peace and called upon people to coexist with camaraderie and brotherhood to spread peace. Christmas festival ushers in peace in lives of people all round the globe,” said Robert Fernandes, a resident of Northern Town
Special Christmas feasts were organised in several Christian houses in the city. Many cultural organisations also organised Christmas feast for the inmates of old age homes and orphanages in the city. A voluntary organisation organised distribution of clothes, food materials and cakes for beggars in the city. Clothes and sweets were distributed to the poor.