Christmas Eve in Guwahati: Few masses, quieter celebrations : The resident in Guwahati are still coming to terms with the new normal as holiday events and gatherings are at odds with usual Christmas celebrations because of the raging COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking to TIME8, father of Don Bosco Church, Vincent Xalxo said, “Preparations are still going on and this year we there will a low-key celebration of Christmas unlike previous years.”
“Around 9:00 pm we have the vigil mass. And on Easter day, we have two masses at 9 am and 11 am. Very less people will be present here at the mass due to the pandemic. We have prepared everything by maintaining all the COVID-19 protocols,” the father further added.
Amid all the unrest and the entire COVID-19 crisis looming over the world, the Guwahati city is getting ready to embrace the Christmas celebrations. The city is decked up with twinkling lights and decorations adorning its buildings and streets.
The streets of Guwahati are exhibiting an array of Christmas items in decorated shops and makeshift kiosks, especially put up for the festive season.
Churches in the city have made elaborate plans to celebrate the festival following all the COVID-19 protocols.
Missionary schools, Churches, Christian religious centres, Shopping Malls, Restaurants in Guwahati are being decorated with colourful lightings, stars, and bells to celebrate Christmas.
Popular shopping stops such as Fancy Bazar, Ganeshguri, Zoo Tiniali, Silpukhuri etc are doing their best to ensure maximum footfall. Moreover, special shops selling Santa Clause masks, Santa hats, small Santa figurines, Christmas trees, different stars, Santa costumes etc have sprung up in these areas. Christmas Eve in Guwahati: Few masses, quieter celebrations.
Stalls selling goodies, cakes, chocolates and other delicacies, along with Christmas trees and accessories have lined up in the streets in various places of city. City-folks are also busy scrambling for their last-minute shopping.
Unlike previous years, Christmas in Guwahati is set to be a low-key fashion this year due to the global pandemic. Although stocked up with decorative items, shops in markets across Guwahati have so far witnessed only half of the usual footfall.
However, for devotees, the pandemic and the related restrictions have failed to dampen their spirits, keeping in mind that the same festivity can be relished along with friends and family members while avoiding any public gatherings.