Sacred Heart Cathedral opposite the Gol Dak Khana round-about is all decked up to receive a large number of people on the occasion of Christmas this Sunday. Besides Christmas, the cathedral is also celebrating the centenary of Delhi as the national Capital.

The high mass in the morning will be presided over by Father Dominic Emmanuel of the Delhi Catholic Church at the sprawling St. Columba's ground.

“Besides a large number of locals, we are expecting diplomats and employees of various embassies and, of course, foreign tourists who visit Delhi at this time of the year,” he added.

“On Sunday, we are expecting a turn-out of one lakh persons. We are also hosting an interesting exhibition at our premises on the life of Jesus Christ. The exhibition will be open till Sunday night.”

On Saturday, the Christmas vigil began with carol singing at 11 p.m.,” said Sacred Heart Cathedral Priest-in-Residence Father Chetan Machado. Every carol has a message on the life of Jesus Christ. After the culmination of carol singing, a hymn “Glory to God in the Highest” was sung and a statue of baby Jesus unveiled. As Christmas is celebrated by Christians as well as non-Christians with enthusiasm and joy, Delhiites are expected to throng the cathedral and other churches in good numbers.

The Baptist Church in Karol Bagh will have service from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Christmas day. On Saturday, carol singing and bonfire festivities were organised from 9 p.m. till midnight.

Saturday saw people going out to the popular markets in the city to shop for Christmas trees, Santa hats, life-size Santas, decorative lights and reindeer. People are expected to devote a large part of Sunday to exchanging gifts and Christmas cards with friends and relatives, feasting on cakes and turkey and enjoying some good music. People also decorate their homes and attend church.

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