Dhaka, Dec 24 – The Christmas Day, the birthday of Jesus Christ, first-century preacher and religious leader will be celebrated in Bangladesh on Friday.
The Christians of different groups in Bangladesh elsewhere across the world will celebrate the day amid festivity and religious fervour.
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 Bangladesh.
Attired in the outfit of Santa Claus, people usually make fun with children and distribute gifts among kids as part of universal Christian practice.
But due to the pandemic COVID-19, the day will be celebrated on a limited scale maintaining health rules, including maintaining social distancing and wearing masks everywhere.
The day is a public holiday.
President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in separate messages greeted members of the Christian community on the occasion.
They called upon the members of the Christians community to celebrate the holy day maintaining the health rules due to the outbreak of the second spell of the fatal disease Coronavirus that struck many world countries including Bangladesh.
On the holy day, churches in the capital will be 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 in the Christian community, who sing 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 the Christmas.
Bangladesh Television, Bangladesh Betar and private radio stations and TV channels will air special programmes marking the festival. – Agency