Mizoram celebrates Christmas with traditional fervor

Chief Minister Zoramthanga greeted the people on the occasion.

AIZAWL- With the rest of the world, is celebrating Christmas today. Midnight mass were organized in various churches of Mizoram where people gathered to celebrate the occasion with religious enthusiasm and traditional fervor.

Christmas celebrations began on Saturday evening, locally known as ‘Urlawk zan’. While some churches, especially in rural areas, held community feasts on Sunday, major churches in the towns will organise such feasts on Monday.

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On this festive occasion, churches, towns and villages have been lit up with Christmas decorations, One of the spectacular and eye catchers of this year’s pre- Christmas celebrations is the exquisite beauty of street decoration. In the state capital almost all streets are decorated with colourful buntings and lights.

Chief Minister Zoramthanga greeted the people on the occasion.

For the people of the state, Christmas is a time for helping the needy. Several NGOs, political parties, churches and groups reached out to orphanage homes, rehabs and poor families, giving gifts as well as making donations.

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According to historians, the first Christmas in what is now Mizoram was celebrated in 1871. British troops celebrated Christmas that year near the Tuivai river at the present-day Mizoram-Manipur border, and the Mizo warriors attacked them during the celebrations.


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