Hyderabad:After a two-year hiatus due to COVID, Christmas, commemorating the birth of Lord Jesus Christ, was celebrated with traditional enthusiasm and gaiety in Hyderabad and its twin Secunderabad on Sunday.
Well-attended Midnight mass at the tastefully decorated and illuminated churches on the Christmas eve last night heralded the festivities.
Soon after, the mass joyous scenes were seen with people including other religionists greeting each other a ‘Merry Christmas’.
Cardinal Anthony Poola led the midnight mass at the iconic St.Mary’s Basilica in Secunderabad in the presence of a large number of worshippers.
Carol singing echoed from all major churches in the twin cities at the start of the mass.
Christian households were tastefully decorated with the idols of Santa Claus and Christmas trees adoring the rooms and the X Mass star placed in the front yards.
Shops selling decorative items, garments and cakes did brisk business in view of the festival.
Telangana Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan and Chief Minister KChandrashekar Rao extended Christmas greetings to the people.
A couple of days ago, KCR also hosted the Christmas dinner at the sprawling LB stadium in the city.