ISLAMABAD: Christian community across the country has started preparations to celebrate the festive season of `Christmas’, with the advent of December.
The Pakistani Christian community is busy making preparations of Christmas. The preparations will reach their peak at the eve of Christmas. Like every year, Pakistani Christians are all set to celebrate the Christmas festivity with enthusiasm and religious zeal in the midst of the echoing of church bells that announce the birth of Lord Jesus Christ. The joyous occasion of Christmas fills the atmosphere in Churches with festive vibe and traditions of Christmas that mainly includes Christmas Tree, Santa Clause, Carols and Christmas gifts.
“Christmas is the major occasion for us to enjoy and celebrate. We decorate Christmas tree in our home with ornaments and visit family members and friends to greet and exchange some gift and greeting card”, a group of young Pakistani Christian girls said. “We have started shopping before 25 December as the winter variety of clothes and shoes have arrived in the markets”, they added.
The traditional festivity of Christmas includes a variety of Christmas programmes like Christmas cake cutting ceremonies, dinners, carol singing competitions etc. School children prepare for Christmas tableau and carols adding charm to the Christmas functions. All young and old are visiting bazaars to shop for themselves and their loved ones while youngsters are busy buying Christmas cards and gifts for their loved ones. Apart from this, the main part of celebrations is decoration of Christmas tree. Christians have put up Christmas trees in their homes, schools, churches etc.