The spirit of Christmas takes over the northeast after 2 years of Covid restrictions | Popgen Tech
Aizawl/Shillong/Kohima: After celebrating Christmas either behind closed doors or in a restricted manner due to the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021, the festivities started from the beginning of this week with much enthusiasm in the north-east region. Pre-Christmas celebrations, shopping, decorations in churches and other places were witnessed in many places across the region.
Christmas celebrations across the northeast region in 2020 and 2021 were relatively low due to various Covid-related restrictions.
However, this year, the advance exchange of Christmas greetings and mini celebrations started two days ago in different government, non-government offices and localities in most of the eight northeastern states.
All the roads and malls in Police Bazar, Shillong’s main shopping center, put on a crowded appearance as men and women busily shopped for their favorite pre-Christmas items.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister of Nagaland, Neiphiu Rio, wished the people on Twitter: “Thank God that he loves us and sent his only son. He is the Light of the world, the Light that fills us with love, faith and hope. I wish you all a Merry Christmas.”
In Kohima, the Planning and Coordination Department asked the people to celebrate a sustainable and environment-friendly Christmas.
Tagging some pictures of Christmas decorations, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma tweeted: “Moolamylliang village in East Jaintia Hills district, Meghalaya takes Christmas decorations to a whole new level! Every year they set an example to show how the community can come together to make the Christmas season beautiful and meaningful.”
Mizoram Governor Hari Babu Kambhampati has sanctioned Rs 4 lakh from his discretionary fund to 40 orphanages and homes across the state covering all 11 districts.
The Assam Rifles troops arranged various events and decorated some places to share the grace of Christmas among the people.
More than six million Christians live in Mizoram, Nagaland, and Meghalaya while there are significant numbers in the other northeastern states of Manipur, Tripura, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, and Sikkim.