Chandigarh: The Punjab Governor and Administrator, Chandigarh, S. F. Rodrigues, on Monday extended his greetings to the people of Punjab and Chandigarh, on the joyous occasion of Christmas, the birthday of Jesus Christ.

In a message, on the eve of Christmas, Gen. Rodrigues said that India has shown the rest of the world how to live in peace and harmony, despite its multi-lingual and multi-cultural identity.

He appealed to the people to renew their commitment to the service of society and the disadvantaged.

Punjab Congress president and Leader of the Opposition Rajinder Kaur Bhattal has also extended good wishes and Christmas greetings to the people of Punjab, particularly the Christians, on the eve of Christmas.

In her message Ms. Bhattal said that Jesus Christ was born to remove sufferings from our lives and his teachings of love, tolerance and patience give solace to our minds in the hour of crisis.

‘Joyous occasion’

Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday extended his warm greetings to the people, especially the Christian brethren on the eve of Christmas.

In his message here, Mr. Badal said, “Christmas, which celebrates the birth of Lord Jesus Christ, is an extremely joyous occasion not only for Christians, but the people of all faiths.”

He said that the gospels of peace, love, amity and compassion preached by Jesus Christ were still relevant in the present context.

Mr. Badal hoped that such occasions would help strengthen the bonds of universal brotherhood and communal harmony besides inspiring the people to dedicate themselves in the services of the mankind to carve out a happy and prosperous society.

The Chief Minister called upon the people to celebrate this festival in unison with enthusiasm and fervour to strengthen the secular and social fabric of the nation.

Meanwhile, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda also greeted the people on the occasion of Christmas.

In a message issued here, Mr. Hooda said the festival of Christmas symbolised love and compassion. The festival marking the birth of Jesus should be celebrated with traditional fervour as such festivals help in further strengthening our cultural fibre and national integration. PTI