Special Correspondent

The district administration has made elaborate security arrangements

NAGAPATTINAM: Thousands of pilgrims from several parts of the country and abroad have gathered at the famous Christian pilgrim centre of Velankanni near here to offer prayers at the Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health on the eve of Christmas and also to attend special masses and prayers on the Christmas Day on Monday.

Special prayers will be performed in several languages at the specially erected pandal near the Velankanni Church on Monday morning and also special prayers for the people who lost their lives in the tsunami tragedy.

The district administration and the police have made elaborate security arrangements for the Christmas and New Year celebrations. Special buses are being operated to Velankanni from various parts of the State.

Nagapattinam district, called the district of churches and convents, is wearing a festive look in connection with the Christmas celebrations followed by New Year fete. Elaborate arrangements have also been made for the Christmas and New Year celebrations at the New Jerusalem Church in Tranquebar built three centuries ago, the oldest Protestant church in Asia and also at the second oldest Protest church is located at the nearby Porayar town.

In Tranquebar, there is also a famous Zion Church, built three centuries ago, an architectural marvel, initially built for the Danes, is still in use by the Church of South India.

Besides, the majestic Church of Our Lady of Rosery at Tranquebar and all the churches are well decorated for the Chritsmas and New Year celebrations.