GUWAHATI, Dec 24 � Across the State, people belonging to the Christian faith will celebrate Christmas tomorrow, and preparations in and around Guwahati also reflect the festive spirit.
In Christ Church at Pan Bazar, the oldest church in Northeast India, pre-Christmas observances started on November 27 with a holy communion service. Today, a midnight service is being held from 11 at night.
Tomorrow, Christmas service will commence from 9 am, to be followed by other programmes, including outreach services to the elderly, the under privileged, and hospital patients, said Rev Michael Herenz of the church.
On December 31, a holy communion will be held, where a large congregation is expected as in previous years.
On the first day of 2012, a New Year Covenant Service will be organised.
In another part of the city, the Dispur Baptist Church is also holding a Christmas special service at 10 am tomorrow. In the evening a special musical performance will be organised. On December 31, Watchnight Service will begin at 11 pm, and the next day prayer service will be held.
The church at Don Bosco School premises has also seen a good presence of the faithful, and some of them have come from the outskirts of the city. Midnight mass will be held from 11 am tonight and programmes for tomorrow begin at 8.30 am.
The Christmas spirit of warmth and camaraderie is not restricted to Christians alone, and people from other religious denominations will observe the festivities in various ways.
Jyoti Sarma, a young mother, hopes to attend a special service, as she has prayers to say. She plans to take her two sons to Christ Church, so that they too can participate in an �act of faith�.
Many shops and business establishments in the city have also been decked up with Christmas d�cor, and in a number of shops children were seen mingling with Santa Claus.