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Thousands soak in Christmas celebrations in Kolkata

Christmas decorations on sale hang at a roadside stall in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad December 24, 2011. REUTERS/Amit Dave (INDIA - Tags: RELIGION)

Thousands of revellers in the city celebrated Christmas with most churches holding the traditional midnight mass tonight.

Kolkata was all decked up with lights, balloons, Christmas trees and other decorations to welcome the occasion and witnessed a huge number of people taking to the streets to soak in the revelry.

Starting from Park Street, Allen Park, Bow Barracks, St Paul’s Cathedral and other famous churches in and around the city to other major landmarks, revellers poured out in thousands with the evening slipping into midnight.

Kolkata Police have tightened the security measures in the city and till midnight have arrested 50 persons for disorderly conduct, a senior officer of the force told PTI.