Jubilation in air as City of Joy celebrates Christmas 2018

first_imgKolkata: Christmas was celebrated in the city with usual enthusiasm with Park Street converting into a sea of people by Tuesday evening.Thousands of people visited Victoria Memorial Hall, Alipore Zoo, Nicco Park and Botanical garden and spent the day with friends and family. Meanwhile, Eco Park saw a stellar footfall of 1,00,258. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee attended the midnight mass at St. Paul’s Cathedral with Abhishek Banerjee, Derek O’ Brien and Rajeev Kumar, Commissioner of Police. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifePark Street turned into a sea of people since Monday afternoon, with thousands of people, mainly youths, visiting the area to see the illumination. The entire stretch of the thoroughfare has been illuminated and policemen have been deployed to maintain peace. Traffic movement on adjoining roads like Mirza Ghalib Street and Camac Street was suspended from the evening. People from the districts also came to Park Street to spend the day. Park Street has a tradition of attracting people from all over the country. During the British period and even after Independence, people from all over the country used to come to the city to see the bright illumination on Park Street and enjoy sumptuous meals in the restaurants. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedEco Park, which is coming up as an important tourist destination, witnessed a huge number people who spent the whole day at Eastern India’s biggest urban park that stands of 480 acres of land, surrounded by 112 acres of waterbody. The replicas of the Eiffel Tower and the seven wonders of the world attracted a huge number of visitors. Many visitors enjoyed rides on the AC toy train, a replica of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. Special arrangements were made by Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) and New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) to ensure smooth entry for the visitors. The state Transport department deployed additional buses to take the visitors back home. Long queues were seen in front of the joyrides at Nicco Park. Meanwhile, Khristo Utsav was observed with due solemnity at Visva Bharti where both students and teachers took part in the prayer. The students sang songs to observe the day. The festival was introduced by Rabindranath Tagore, who had spoken about universal religion. Medical bank, an NGO involved with blood donation movement in Bengal, distributed toys and cakes among 500 street children at Sovabazar Metro Station. People also visited Belur Math and Bandel Church. Christmas was celebrated at Bow Barracks, where people exchanged gifts. Special prayers were organised at different churches in Nadia and South 24-Parganas as well.last_img

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