Amidst COVID 19 pandamic, Christmas celebrated in Meghalaya.

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Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Meghalaya celebrated Christmas, with restricted entry to churches, maintaining social distancing, and wearing masks.
With the COVID-19 pandemic-related ‘Standard Operating Protocols’ (SOP) in place, celebrations of Christmas is not like the preceding years. On Christmas day, maintaining social distancing, people in Shillong celebrated the day with prayers. The Christmas mass was organised in different churches all across the state.
Bishops and pastors led services and delivered sermons in various cathedrals and churches of different Christian denominations in the region.
The year 2020 is one of the most difficult years and this has also made us realise the value of family and friends, therefore, people visited the church today with families mostly.
Dressed in their best attire people offered prayers in the churches and greeted each other while following the standard operating procedures as laid down by the state government.
All churches, missionary schools, and institutions were also decorated with colourful buntings and lights.
Exchange of greetings and gifts, visits to relatives, feasts marked celebrations across the state where over 80% of the population is Christian.
Arrangements for handwashing and hand sanitization are also made, as Covid 19 changed the life of the people as they look forward to ‘new normal’.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Conrad K Sangma on Friday greeted the citizens of the state with the message of peace and love on the occasion of Christmas.
“Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year when people meet and greet each other to bestow the teachings of Jesus Christ”, Sangma said in a video message.
“Christmas is a celebration of joy and happiness; it is a season that reminds us to be grateful for the gift of love and kindness, which is reflected in the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ”.
“May the light of love, peace, happiness, and abundance surround you and your loved ones this holiday season,” the CM further added.
The CM requested everyone to celebrate the holiday season in a responsible manner and to imbibe the spirit of peace, compassion and forgiveness.
Christmas this year has been a low-key affair because of the pandemic, and the festive season gives us a moment to reflect upon the corona-inflicted year that people around the world have witnessed.
Earlier, the Governor of Meghalaya, Satya Pal Malik, Leader of opposition Dr. Mukul Sangma, Health Minister AL Hek beside others greeted people on Christmas.