Goa set for Christmas celebration with Covid-19 norms in place

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Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Goa is all set to usher in Christmas festivities from Thursday midnight with seashores already crowded and markets abuzz with last-minute procuring by parishioners. Churches and chapels in Goa, which includes about 30 per cent folks of Christian religion, are equipped for the midnight lots, to have fun the beginning of Jesus Christ, whereas adhering to the usual working procedures laid down by the state authorities.

Residents of Nuvem village in South Goa district have put up Christmas stars alongside the three-km stretch on a nationwide freeway connecting capital metropolis Panaji with Margao. However, post-midnight dances have been cancelled at numerous locations, officers mentioned.

Talking to PTI, Fr Maverick Fernandes of the Goa Church mentioned, “A midnight mass can at a time have up to 200 people, who will have to maintain physical distance, wear masks and sanitise their hands.” He mentioned all of the parishes have been given the freedom to determine the dimensions of crowd for the midnight lots.

Another priest from a church in South Goa mentioned the Christmas mass is an occasion which nobody wish to miss.

“Since the crowd size has to be restricted, the number of masses will have to be increased this year as parishioners would like to attend them,” he mentioned.

“Religious activities are on. But, the dances which used to be held after the midnight mass have been cancelled at various places,” he mentioned.

Markets in the state have been seen packed with objects used to brighten cribs, depicting the beginning of Lord Jesus.

“You will find the same number of cribs this time as last year. The COVID-19 restrictions have not dampened the spirits of people,” claimed Agnelo Gracias, a resident of Nuvem village.

(This story has been printed from a wire company feed with out modifications to the textual content. Only the headline has been modified. )

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