Festive spirit was palpable in the city as children and adults alike hit the pavement under the warm and pleasant winter sun to celebrate Christmas in their own unique ways. The energetic lot was busy exploring the decked up malls, eating out exotic lucheons and dinner and participating in charity events among other things. People from various religious backgrounds were spotted at several city-based Churches on December 24 to attend the mid-night mass. The Christian Missionary schools of the city like St Xavier’s, St Sophia, St Edmund’s and St Anslem’s were heavily decked up as a part of the celebrations.“We wait for this day all year long. Apart from attending the celebrations, we also get a chance to meet our old friends,” said an attendee at the mid-night mass held at St Xavier’s School.Decorations in mallsIn addition to this, various city-based malls were seen with beautiful Christmas decore that included huge Christmas trees, lights and balloon decorations. Certain brands also organised various games and activities to attract customers. “We have a Santa Claus and several other cartoon characters of kids’ interest. The winter dresses are also on 50 per cent discount,” said Ram Chaudhary, managing team, World Trade Park.Gaurav Tower also organised a 10-day carnival. A parade of 70 artists dressed as various cartoon characters and super heroes was also taken out as a part of the carnival. The decore at the venue involves a 60-feet tall Christmas tree, which is one of the biggest in the city.“I am blessed as well as excited to have organised such a concept. The response is mind blowing with about 50,000 foot falls. We plan to go bigger next year,” said Gaurav Bardiya, director, Bardiya Group.Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti celebratedThe city also celebrated the auspicious Sikh festival, Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti, which happened to fall on December 25 this year. This day is celebrated as the birth anniversary of the 10th Sikh guru, Guru Gobind Singh.City-based Gurudwaras organised huge langar on his 351st birth anniversary on Sunday. “We remember his good deeds on this day. We also pray for love, peace and harmony within our societies and families as a part of celebration,” said Amajeet Kaur, divisional railway manager, Kota.

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