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Christmas Day on Friday

  • Published at 08:59 pm December 24th, 2020
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File phoot of a worker – wearing a mask for protection from Covid-19 – preparing a Christmas tree for this year’s Christmas Day celebrations at a Tejgaon church on Thursday, December 24, 2020 Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

Muted celebrations this year due to the ongoing pandemic

Christmas Christmas Christmas Bangladesh, along with the world, will celebrate Christmas Day, the birthday of Jesus Christ, first-century Jewish preacher and religious leader, on Friday. 

Christians of different groups in the country will celebrate the day amid festivity and religious fervour, offering special prayers, illuminating churches and installing Christmas trees at homes and places of worship and missions across the country.

The elderly people of the community usually dress up as Santa Claus and distribute gifts among children as a part of Christmas ritual. 

But due to the Covid-19 pandemic this year, the day will be celebrated on a limited scale, maintaining health safety rules, including maintaining social distancing and wearing masks everywhere.

The day is a public holiday in Bangladesh.

President M Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Opposition Leader in Parliament Begum Rowshan Ershad, in separate messages, greeted members of the country’s Christian community on the occasion.

A worker putting up a cork sheet sign that reads 'Merry Christmas' for Christmas Day celebrations on at a Tejgaon church on Thursday, December 24, 2020 | Rajib Dhar/Dhaka TribuneThey called upon the members of the Christian community to celebrate the holy day maintaining the health safety rules due to the second spell of the fatal respiratory disease.

In his message, President Hamid called upon the countrymen to abide by the health rules to win the ongoing war with the pandemic.

He said this lethal disease had brought human civilization to the brink of an extreme catastrophe in history.

“Bangladesh is not out of it,” the head of the state added.

The incumbent government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is successfully coping with the coronavirus situation in Bangladesh, in line with her 31-point directives, time-befitting and tireless efforts in this connection, President Hamid mentioned.

Preparations underway for this year's Christmas Day celebrations at a Tejgaon church on Thursday, December 24, 2020 | Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune He further said Bangladesh is a shining example of communal harmony in the world, and the people of the country have been observing their respective religions, rituals and ceremonies independently for long.

He also 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.

“In the afterlife, Jesus Christ put emphasis on the importance of spiritual happiness through renunciation, restraint, and charity,” he opined.

President Hamid said the teachings and ideals of Jesus Christ are very relevant in establishing peace and harmony in a troubled-torn world, including the establishment of harmony and unity among nations.

The president called upon all to work unitedly to build a happy, prosperous and non-communal Bangladesh, envisioned by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.