Chennai, Dec 25 (PTI) Christmas was celebrated with ususal gaiety and religious fervour across Tamil Nadu Tuesday with the faithful thronging the churches for special prayers.Also Read - Restore States' Primacy Over Education Sector: Tamil Nadu CM Stalin Seeks Support From 12 States to Abolish NEET

In the state capital, bishops and priests conducted special midnight masses and read out the Christmas message at various churches including the ancient Santhome Basilica cathedral, illuminated with string lights to welcome devotees. Also Read - IRCTC Latest News: Railways Extends Services of 22 Pairs of Special Trains Till December Due to Festive Season | Full List Here

Pilgrims from all over the country gathered at Shrine Basilica of Our Lady of Health at Vailankanni in Nagapattinam district and offered prayers. Also Read - Tamil Nadu Woman Cuts her Tongue as Fulfilment of Vow for DMK's Stalin to Become CM

As the clock struck 12 at night, priests of the Church came in a procession to announce the birth of Jesus.

Children carried candles and the Holy Bible in the procession.

Houses were decked out with sparkling stars and Christmas tree.

Earlier, Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister K Palaniswami and various political party leaders including DMK Chief M K Stalin extended Christmas greetings on the occasion.

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