Churches, buildings, malls decked up with twinkling lights
Thousands of people offer special prayers at churches
Santa Claus sand sculpture draws huge crowd
VISAKHAPATNAM: The festive mood was all-pervading, twinkling lights everywhere – on homes, shops, hotels, roads, churches, some of the public buildings and malls. Verses from the Holy Bible filled the air as people came out to greet each other at the stroke of midnight. Soaked in the yuletide spirit, the city drowned itself in ecstasy heralding the birth of Jesus Christ. Special prayers, holy mass, carol singing, distribution of cakes and sweets and family get-togethers marked Christmas celebrations in the city from the early hours of Friday. Churches were lit up and tastefully decorated with flowers and stars.
Thousands of people thronged St. Peters Cathedral, Gnanapuram, Sacred Heart Church, St. Anthony Church, Maharanipeta, Infant Jesus Church, Seethammadhara, Emanuel Lutheran Church, to attend the midnight mass and offer prayers for peace and prosperity of mankind. The Christian leaders cut cakes and conveyed greetings. People from other communities also took part in the celebrations.
Hotels and restaurants in the city celebrated Christmas in their special ways like Xmas special buffet and cultural programmes. Christmas prayers were also conducted at various hotels. Distribution of gifts by Santa Claus and special feasts were the highlights of the celebrations organised in the hotels. Schools also celebrated the day with great pomp and gaiety.
At the beach, the Santa Claus sand sculpture drew a lot of crowd. It was the joint efforts of J. Venkat, S. Venkatesh, Appala Raju, Madhav Rao, Yernandra, Phani Sarma, Anuradha and Anup, students of Fine Arts of Andhra University, that received gracious compliments from visitors to the beach.
The team of students has been relentlessly capturing the essence of every occasion through their sand sculptures.
They wish to make a bigger sculpture from Sankranti and display talent in a more effective way if they get sponsorship.
The young artists can be contacted at 9676235235.