The Christmas Day, the birthday of Jesus Christ, is being celebrated in Bangladesh, as elsewhere across the world, today (Friday).
The Christians are celebrating 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.
But due to the coronavirus pandemic, the day is being celebrated on a limited scale maintaining health rules.
The day is a public holiday.
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 the health rules due to the outbreak of the second spell of the fatal disease Coronavirus that struck many world countries including Bangladesh.
In his message, 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.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message, called upon the people irrespective of religion, caste and creed to unite for building a hunger-and-poverty-free and happy-prosperous ‘Sonar Bangla (Golden Bangladesh)’, being imbued with the spirit of the Great Liberation War.
According to the tradition, Santa Clause distributes 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 published special articles highlighting the importance of the Christmas while Bangladesh Television, Bangladesh Betar and private radio stations and TV channels are airing special programmes marking the festival.