Nagapattinam: Devotees thronged the world famous Christian pilgrim centre at Velankanni in Nagapattinam district for the New Year Celebrations.
Special mass commenced by 11:15 PM on New Year eve.
On New Year`s day, prayers and special aradhana were performed for peace and prosperity in 2013. Bishop of Thanjavur Devdoss Ambrose presided over the prayers in the presence of Velankanni parish priest Michael Adigalar.
Throughout the day, special prayers were held in many Indian languages including Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Urdu, Hindi, Konkani and Bengali.
People also thronged the temples at Tirukkadaiyur, Vaitheeswarankoil and Tirunallar.