The Christmas Day, commemorated the birthday of Jesus Christ, celebrated on Monday (Dec 25) with festivity in Bangladesh as elsewhere in the world. The Christians are celebrated the festival amid merriment and festivity of religious fervor offering special prayers, illuminating churches, installing makeshift Christmas trees at homes and places of worship and missions.
Elder people of the community, attired in the outfit of Santa Claus, make fun with children and distribute gifts as part of a universal Christian practice. Churches have been illuminated, Christmas trees were set up and candles were lit at homes and churches by the Christian community to celebrate the event with due religious fervor.
Santa Clause distributed, according to the tradition, sweets and gifts to children in churches on the occasion. This is a great 'day of days' for children in the Christian community, who sing carols on the occasion in praise of Jesus Christ and God, and exchange gifts.
In separate messages on Christmas eve, President Md. Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina greeted members of the Christian community on this occasion.
President Hamid exchanged greetings with members of the Christian community on the occasion of Christmas Day at Bangabhaban in the evening. Cardinal of Bangladesh Patrick D'Rozario, ambassadors and representatives from different foreign missions, distinguished persons of the Christian community, religious leaders and professionals joined the reception.
A group of singers performed the Christmas carol at the reception. Later, the President cut a Christmas cake with members of the Christian community.
The day was a public holiday. The national dailies published special articles marking the Christmas.
Bangladesh Television, Bangladesh Betar and private radio stations and TV channels arranged special Christmas programmes throughout the day.