Prez greets citizens on Christmas eve, hopes the festival will nurture peace across world

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New Delhi, Dec 24 (PTI) President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday greeted citizens on the eve of Christmas and expressed hope that this festival would nurture peace throughout the world and help maintain harmony in mankind.

Christmas is an occasion to celebrate with joy and fervour the birth of Jesus Christ, he said.

'I hope that this festival would nurture peace throughout the world and help maintain harmony in mankind. Let us re-imbibe Jesus Christ's teachings of love, compassion and humanity on this holy festival and commit ourselves to the welfare of our nation and society,' Kovind said.

He said the festival fills people's lives with peace, goodwill and compassion.

'On this festival, we lighten up our hearts with love and kindness towards others,' the President said, and extended 'heartiest greetings and best wishes to all fellow citizens, especially our Christian brothers and sisters'. PTI AKV NSD