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State observing all fests is an example for world

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Christmas is a festival of peace, love and humanity which works as a unifying factor for people of all religions bringing them together to partake in the festivities, chief minister Mamata Banerjee said after inaugurating the eighth edition of Kolkata Christmas Festival at Allen Park on Friday evening.

She went on to say that the way Bengal celebrated all its festivals, including Durga Puja, Kali Puja, Chhath Puja, Eid and Christmas, is an example in peace and harmony for the entire world. “I am delighted to be with you. I feel proud. I wait throughout the year so that I can come and join you in celebrating Christmas. I have loved Christmas since my childhood. In fact, in Bengal, we celebrate all festivals with respect which is an example for the entire world,” said Banerjee on Friday evening after opening the festival at Allen Park.

“When I go for the midnight mass and attend other Christmas prayers, I feel an inner peace. I think I am not alone. I find thousands of people waiting in the queue to enter the church and offer their prayers. Not all of them are Christians but this festival brings people of all communities together,” she said.

Kolkata Bishop Probal Kanto Dutta said the message of Christmas was to help fellow human beings who were not as privileged. “Amidst all this celebrations, we cannot forget our fellow human beings who are not as privileged as we are,” said the Bishop.

Source: Times of India

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