New Delhi: President Pratibha Patil, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Vice President M Hamid Ansari Saturday greeted the nation on the occasion of Christmas, which will be celebrated on Sunday.
In a message, the President said Christmas was a time for "great joy, cheer, hope and happiness".
"On the occasion of Christmas, I send my greetings and good wishes to all my fellow citizens," she said.
"Christmas ... proclaims Jesus Christ`s message of love and sacrifice, compassion and service, courage and humility, peace and harmony."
The Vice President said Christmas is an occasion to imbibe the divine teachings of Lord Jesus Christ and spread joy and happiness.
"The festival also signifies the ideals of brotherhood, love and compassion. May this festival inspire us to work tirelessly for the progress of our nation," said Ansari.
The Prime Minister in his message said: "The festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ is an occasion to celebrate and imbibe Lord Christ`s message of love, compassion and forgiveness."
"May this festival fill the hearts of people all over the world with warmth, hope and joy," he added.