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Christmas today

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 25 December, 2019 12:00 AM
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Christmas  today
A devotee is placing an idol of baby Jesus at a nativity scene in the capital’s Kakrail Church on Christmas Eve on Tuesday. Christmas, the biggest religious festival of Christians, is being celebrated all over the world today. – sun photo

Christmas, the biggest religious festival of Christian community, will be celebrated in the country and elsewhere in the world today, commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ.

The Christians will celebrate the festival lluminating churches, decorating Christmas trees, and offering special prayers at churches across the country.

The elderly people in the outfit of Santa Claus, makes fun with children and distribute gifts among them.

The Day is a public holiday.

President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in separate messages greeted members of the Christian community on this occasion.

In his message, President Abdul Hamid called upon all to consolidate the long-standing tradition of religious harmony in the country irrespective of religion, caste and position.      

Noting that Bangladesh is a bright instance of communal harmony, he said people with different beliefs observe their own religion, rituals and programmes freely.

The Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman dreamed of a non- communal Bangladesh, he said.

President Abdul Hamid said Jesus Christ had invited the derailed people to the path of truth and justice for establishing peace in the world.

“Jesus taught the path of love for people, forgiveness, affection, compassion and how to establish justice and peaceful coexistence in the society.”

He called upon all to work together to build a happy, prosperous and non-communal Bangladesh.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message, called upon the people irrespective of religion, caste and creed to come forward to expedite the development activities in the country being imbued with kindness.

“One of the goals of Jesus Christ was to establish justice and peace in the world . . . Great Christ had sacrificed himself for the endangered and hungry people and he remains immortal in the human history for his noble way of life and unique character,” she said.

People of all classes, she said, are enjoying full freedom in exercising their respective religious activities.

She urged all to work together and maintain communal harmony to build a hunger-free prosperous Bangladesh as dreamt by the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Churches in the capital have been illuminated, Christmas trees set up and candles lit at homes and churches by the Christian community to celebrate the event amid religious fervour.

According to the tradition, Santa Clause will distribute sweets and gifts among children in churches on the occasion. This is a ‘great day’ for children of Christian community, who sings carols on the occasion in praise of Jesus Christ and God, and exchange gifts.

The national dailies will publish special articles highlighting the importance of Christmas.

Bangladesh Television, Bangladesh Betar and private radio stations and TV channels will air special programmes marking the day.