Christmas, which is the birthday of Jesus Christ, is the most widely celebrated holiday of the Western Christian year. The Christians of different groups in Bangladesh and elsewhere across the world will celebrate the day amid festivity and religious fervor. They will celebrate the day by offering special prayers, illuminating churches and installing makeshift Christmas trees at homes and places of worship and missions across the country. Elderly people of the community, attired in the outfit of Santa Claus, usually make fun with children and distribute gifts among kids as part of a universal Christian practice. However, due to the ongoing pandemic, all are requested to celebrate the day by maintaining health rules. The day is a public holiday.
In separate messages, President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina greeted members of the Christian community on the occasion. They called upon the members of the Christians community to celebrate the holy day maintaining proper health guidelines. In his message, President Hamid called upon the countrymen to abide by the health rules although the present situation of the pandemic is in control after the relentless efforts of the government.
The incumbent government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is successfully dealing with the pandemic situation in Bangladesh, in line with her 31-point directives, time-befitting and tireless efforts in this connection, President Hamid mentioned.
The head of the state said Bangladesh is a great example of communal harmony in the world and people of the country have been observing their respective religions, rituals and ceremonies independently for long. He urged all to consolidate the long-standing tradition of religious harmony in the country irrespective of religion, caste and position.
About Jesus Christ’s contribution to the society, Hamid said Jesus taught people in a peaceful position with love, compassion, forgiveness, affection, empathy and the establishment of justice.