Embassy of India
Washington DC
Press Release - Embassy of India Celebrates Christmas

Washington DC
December 22, 2016 

Celebration of Christmas was organized at Embassy of India on December 22, 2016. The event was attended by a large number of guests from Christian and other communities, including representatives from business, administration, professionals, media, etc,. Welcoming the guests, Ambassador Sarna extended his warm greetings to the audience on the joyous occasion.The programme included invocation by the Rev. Samuel Honnappa, Pastor of Memorial First India United Methodist Church, Silver Spring, Maryland. Speaking on the significance of Christmas and its relevance to India, Elder Ted N. C. Wilson, President of the Seventh-day Adventist World HQ, highlighted that the quiet spirit of sacrifice, humility and service is needed to make the world a better place. The celebration was marked by singing of Christmas songs by the choir of St. Gregorios Indian Orthodox Church of Washington Metropolitan area led by Rev. Fr. Laby George Panakkamattom. The programme concluded by vote of thanks by Mr. Patrick Jacob of Seventh Day Adventist.
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Invocation by Rev. Samuel Honnappa.

First Secretary Suneet Mehta anchoring the event.

Ambassador Navtej Sarna addressing the audience.

Elder Ted N. C. Wilson speaking on the significance of Christmas. 

Guests in attendance.

Singing of Christmas songs by Choir group from St. Gregorios Indian Orthodox Church led by Rev. Fr. Laby George Panakkamattom.

Ambassador Sarna presenting a bouquet to Rev. Fr. Laby George Panakkamattom.

Vote of thanks by Mr. Patrick Jacob of Seventh Day Adventist.
Satish Kumar Sivan
First Secretary (Press, Information & Culture)
Embassy of India
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