KARACHI - Children from the Catholic archdiocese of Karachi, between the age group of 4 to 14 years, presented a collection of Christmas carols at the 9th Annual Carnival of Carols - a festival of singing Christmas songs. The annual event attracted over 2000 people from all faiths. More than 400 children from various catholic parishes of the archdiocese sung these songs on the lawns of the St Lawrence's Church in Garden East, Karachi. They rendered two sets of traditional Christmas carols. Hundreds of people were in festive mood, many of them came from Canada, Australia, USA and UK, joined the children in singing the carols. Priests and nuns from other parishes and schools also attended the festival. Prominent carols among the first set included 'Silent Night, Holy Night', 'O Come All Ye Faithful,' 'The First Noel' and 'Joy to the World.' The second set included the all-time favourites Jingle Bells, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly, Frosty the Snowman and Silver Bells, culminating with 'We wish you a Merry Christmas.' The singing of carols was interspersed with messages read out by three children including Kendrick Ambrose from St Lawrence, Fiona D'Souza from St Patrick's and Timothy Rodrigues from St Anthony's parish. The children read out the messages of peace, love, hope, giving, forgiveness and brotherhood, which were the hallmarks of Christmas celebrations throughout the world. The priest of St Lawrence's Church, the host parish that organises this event every year, Rev Fr Norbert Mendonca said, "Throughout the world, the Christmas crib and carols have become two of the most loved customs of this great feast of Christmas. The Carnival of Carols has become a custom too in Pakistan, as we along with the Christian community world over express our joy, happiness and faith, singing carols for God's gift of Jesus to us." Christmas gift hampers were distributed to all children.