The celebrations culminated as worshipers adhering to COVID safety standards flocked to tastefully decorated churches in the SPSR Nellore District to ring Christmas late Friday.
After missing social gatherings in the past, a large number of people gathered at the famous ABM church in Nakallavari center with the return to normal.
The one-star Telugu Baptist Church as well as St. Antony’s Church in Fatehkhanpet witnessed a good gathering of worshipers who gathered to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ following the drastic drop in the number of cases of active coronaviruses. Various denominations of churches, including St. Joesph’s Cathedral, have been brightly decorated on the occasion.
As a precautionary measure, pastors suggested that the elderly and the sick continue to celebrate the festival by attending Holy Mass from their homes virtually as in the previous two years, as new variants of COVID-19 were likely. to turn out to be a great diffuser of viral disease.
Meanwhile, the Santa Claus sand sculpture created with five tons of sand in Eruru was the eye-catcher of all eyes.
It took five hours to create the beautiful sand sculpture, said artist Sanath Kumar as he put the finishing touches on the gigantic image of Father Chirstmas with the blessings whose devotees can conquer the dreaded disease.
The month-long semi-Christmas celebrations culminated on Christmas Eve, with worshipers singing Christmas carols in churches. Voluntary organizations distributed gifts to underprivileged children. People flocked to the VRC Center malls and other intersections to shop at the eleventh hour.
The owners of textile stores have organized festive sales offering attractive discounts to seduce the happy festive. The sellers of stars and other decoration materials also did good business.