Bhubaneswar: The entire state, including the capital city Bhubaneswar, is in a festive mood with people celebrating Christmas, the festival of love, joy and brotherhood with full zeal and fervour today.
Churches across the state are seen decorated with lights, candles, Christmas trees, bells and carols were sung to celebrate the festival commemorating the birth of Jesus.
In Bhubaneswar, coloured lights, stars and bells gave a amazing looks to the St Vincent’s Catholic Church in Satya Nagar.
St Vincent’s Catholic Church in Satya Nagar decorated on the eve of Christmas
People seen offering prayer at St Vincent’s Catholic Church in Satya Nagar, Bhubaneswar
People seen lighting candles and offering flowers at St Vincent’s Catholic Church in Satya Nagar, Bhubaneswar
People seen congregating around the Baby Jesus to get blessings at St Vincent’s Catholic Church in Satya Nagar, Bhubaneswar
Churches, homes and streets in Western Odisha that has large Christian population – were seen decked up with lights and decorative items.
The decorated Good Shepherd Church in Balangir
Christmas trees and castles depicting the birth of Jesus Christ placed to commemorate the occasion at Good Shepherd Church in Balangir
Mother Mary’s Statue at Good Shepherd Church in Balangir
A house in Balangir decorated with lights for Christmas
Kids performing at a cultural programme organised in Balangir on the occassion of Christmas
Besides, large numbers of believers were seen thronging the churches all through the day today.
Gathering at CNI Church in Balangir
Sand art by International sand artist Mr. Manas Kumar Sahoo at Puri beach