A Peaceful Procession

Main Akela hi chala tha janib-e-manzil Magar log saath aate gaye aur karwaan banta gaya…These are famous lines in Urdu by Majrooh Sultanpuri…Meaning: I began walking alone towards my destination, but people kept joining in and a procession formed.

On the cool, balmy morning of 4 November 2018 (Sunday), while I was on my way to work, I came across this procession of South Indian Christians. I was intrigued because Christians in Delhi are a generally quiet, reserved lot. They never flaunt their identity so openly, unlike so many other communities.

They looked quite cute, I must say. Some of them were dressed in traditional attire. But the best part was that they didn’t have loudspeakers. They carried red flags, umbrellas, and little candles in paper glasses. Some of them sang hymns from their prayer books.

See more photos below.

A red car with their banner on its front side and Marigold garlands all over it moved slowly ahead of everyone…

Sometimes I wonder why some religions like this one proudly bear the label ‘Orthodox.’ A religion is, after all, supposed to be liberating, all-inclusive, tolerant of differences of opinion while the word ‘Orthodox’ implies rigidity, inflexibility, and intolerance of divergent ideas…

Anyway, may God bless these people and I hope the day brings them great joy and happiness while walking together peacefully with the name of the Lord on their lips.

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