| Don't be surprised if you hear strains of 'Silent Night' or 'Joy to the World' in the dead of the night in your neighbourhood. Because this Christmas carol singers visiting homes and wishing you Marry Chritmas.
It could be the carol singers going from house to house during this Advent season to spread the message of Christmas. As the day approaches, the number of people joining these groups is also increasing.
Apart from carol singing, there are many events lined up in the city, including a candlelight procession on Wednesday. "The candlelight service is an annual event during this time of the year. We focus on what Jesus said: 'I am the light of the world'. The truth is that the world in which we live lies in darkness. Jesus came into this world to redeem us from sin and death, and this is the message that we want to spread as we take out this candlelight procession," says Rev Sunil Solomon Ghazan, presbyter-in-charge, The Church of the Epiphany, located in Civil Lines.
"We also have the nativity scene and will celebrate the festival with the underprivileged. On Christmas Day, we will have the service both in English and Hindi to cater to the local people. These days we are visiting the homes of all members in our church to sing carols. There are about 150 of them and we are trying to cover as many families as we can," he said.
The midnight mass at St. Michael's Church is likely to be led by Father Antony Francis.
Various families in the city are gearing up for the occasion as well. "The Christian community in the city is growing by the day and even though we don't know them all, Christmas is the time when we get to know each other and spread the joy," said George Muller, a DLF-III resident.