Christmas celebrated in shadow of corona

Staff Correspondent

26 December, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Christmas celebrated
in shadow
of corona

Xmas with a difference - In a break with tradition, Santa Claus, also known as Father Christmas, helps a child to wear a face mask at a reception at a city hotel on Friday on the occasion of the Christmas Day. — Md Nasir Uddin

The Christians community of Bangladesh, along with the world, celebrated their biggest religious festival Christmas Day on Friday commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ.

Christians of various groups in the country celebrated the day amid festivity and religious fervour, offering special prayers, illuminating homes and religious establishments, and installing Christmas trees at homes, churches and missions across the country.

Churches of the country were decorated beautifully with the cattle and the statue of mother Merry and Jesus Christ.

According to the tradition, the community members gathered in different churches of the country including Archbishop’s House, Ramna and St Nicholas Church, Kaliganj. They greeted each other with ‘Merry Christmas’ there.

The devotees sang carols in praise of Jesus Christ and God, and other Bangla songs, including ‘Aaj Shuvo Borodin bhai, aaj Shuvo Borodin’ in the churches.

They also performed ‘kirtan’ in their homes and churches. They exchanged gifts and attended Christmas dinner together at the churches. Other rituals of the day were also observed.

Besides, an elderly person wearing the dress of Santa Clause distributed sweets and gifts among children in churches on the occasion.    

But, Covid-19 pandemic has cut off the joy of the whole celebration this year. The day was celebrated on a limited scale maintaining health safety rules, including maintaining social distancing and wearing of masks everywhere.

The devotees have sought reprieve from the global Covid-19 pandemic during the special prayers held on the day. They also spread the holy messages of Jesus for building a peaceful society in churches nationwide.