Members of the Christian community in Bangladesh celebrated Christmas yesterday with much enthusiasm, festivity and religious fervour.
According to Christian belief, God entered the world of men through his son, Jesus Christ, on this day.
Christians offered special prayers in churches on the occasion as Christmas is one of the most important days of the year for them.
It was also a celebration of rebirth, a new beginning, forgiveness and peace as the New Year approaches. It was an occasion for the Christians to renew their relationship with God and fellow humans.
The celebrations started on the Christmas Eve with singing carols in public places like lobbies, restaurants and lounges.
The day’s celebrations also included decoration of Christmas trees with colourful lights, distribution of gifts by Santa Claus to children, family gatherings, feasts and special church prayers.
Bangladesh Television and Bangladesh Betar as well as private TV channels aired special programmes, while national dailies published supplements highlighting the significance of the day.
President Zillur Rahman, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and opposition leader Khaleda Zia greeted the Christian community and wished them all the best.
Source: The Daily Star