Peace rally marks Christmas season in Udaipur
Dec. 19, 2013
Some 3,000 people including Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Christians and Muslims marched through the streets of Udaipur city on Wednesday in an interreligious peace program marking the Christmas season. Divine Word Father Norbert Herman, Director of Interreligious Group Sarvdharm Maitri Sangh organized the program inviting distinguished guests from various religions and institutions.
Udaipur Mayor Rajani Dangi flagged off the march stressing the need of peace in society. Everyone wants to experience peace irrespective of religion, sect or caste, she said. The rally passed through the main streets of the city and culminated in Our Lady of Fatima Cathedral, Bhupalpura.
Hindu Mahant, Rasbihari Sharanashastri; Jain representative Rajkumar Faktavat and Devendra Pahuwa from Sikh community and Anis Bohra from Bohra community addressed the rally.
Church of North India, Bishop Devprasad Ganava and Retired Bishop, Joseph Pathalil of Udaipur also addressed stressing the need to spread peace and harmony in Indian society.
Students dressed as Bharat Mata and Santa Clause distributed sweets among people. Other attractions included a live nativity scene with Rajasthani shepherds and angels, Christmas tree in the rally. Students also sang peace song and held placards with message of peace from different religions.
Rajasthan has some 68 million people, making it the eight most populated state in India but Christians are less than 1 percent of the population, and Christmas goes virtually unnoticed in the cities and villages of the state.
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