Chennai: Christmas was celebrated with usual gaiety and fervour in Tamil Nadu on Thursday.
A large number of devotees attended the midnight masses and special prayers held in various churches, including the ancient Santhome Basilica Church here and exchanged greetings. Houses were decorated with the Christmas tree and Christmas Stars.
Pilgrims from several parts of the country thronged the Shrine Basillica of Our Lady of Health at Vailankanni in Nagapattinam district.
As the clock struck 12 midnight, priests of the Church came in a procession to announce the birth of Jesus. Children carried candles and the Holy Bible in the procession.
Political leaders led by Governor K Rosaiah and DMK chief M Karunanidhi extended Christmas greetings on the occasion.