Shillong, Dec 24: With the COVID-19 pandemic this year’s Christmas will be quieter than usual. Churches holding Christmas services are restricting numbers of faithful, community feast which is the essence of the festival in this part of the world is not allowed.
Many will be celebrating Christmas in their respective homes with families.
But despite all of these curbs due to COVID-19 faithfuls will be celebrating Christmas in their own special ways.
The Meghalaya government which had earlier barred carolling in the streets at the last minute reversed its decision and allowed it. Earlier carolling was allowed only inside the Church compound.
Many churches have opted for on-line services since standard operating procedures have restricted the number of people congregating inside.
Midnight Christmas mass in all the parishes across the state will be held according to the protocol laid by the State Government.
On Christmas Eve people were seen doing last minute shopping for clothes and cakes.
In his message, Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma said this year has been a tough year for all.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has crippled Nations and Governance and put a strain on human spirit. But it has also brought a blessing in disguise. Families and friends are able to spend more time with each other. The importance of family and relationships were acknowledged. The trust in mankind and generosity were also witnessed in many selfless contributions,” Sangma said.
The Chief Minister also took the opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to the health, the frontline workers, the administration, the police personnel and everyone who is working tirelessly and sacrificing their personal commitment to help others thus restoring faith in mankind which is the essence of the spirit of Christmas.
Meanwhile, the Central Puja Committee (CPC) has wished the Christian community on Christmas.
“As we celebrate this Holy festival, we must emulate Christ’s eternal message of peace, tolerance, sacrifice, love and forgiveness by opening our hearts and extending our hand to everyone,” the CPC said.
It also said that the spirit of humanity and brotherhood should be strengthened among all communities living together in the state.