Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh on Sunday greeted people on the eve of Christmas.
In his message, the Governor said the teachings of Jesus Christ, the apostle of peace, compassion and brotherhood, have guided human beings towards righteousness.
He wished people a bright and merry Christmas and prayed for peace, progress and prosperity of the state.
The Governor observed that the message of Lord Christ is perhaps more relevant today than ever before, when the world is faced with increasing hatred, intolerance and violence.
He expressed hope that this joyous occasion would help in further strengthening the bonds of communal harmony, brotherhood, amity, secularism and the pluralistic traditions for which Jammu and Kashmir has been known for centuries.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, in her message, hoped the occasion will be a harbinger of communal harmony, love for humanity and compassion.
Such occasions remind us to rekindle the spirit of harmony, brotherhood and lead a virtuous life, she said.
In his message, deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh hoped that the occasion would be a harbinger of peace, progress and prosperity for the state.
He also hoped that the festival would further strengthen the values of compassion, mutual brotherhood among people besides infusing empathy and love towards mankind.
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Ministers Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah have also extended their greetings to the people on the eve of Christmas.