Gouripur(Mymensingh): Members of the Christian community in Gouripur upazila of Mymensingh district on Tuesday celebrated Christmas with much enthusiasm, festivity and religious fervour.
Christmas, the biggest religious festival of the Christians, is also a celebration of rebirth, new beginning, forgiveness and peace. For the believers, it is an occasion to renew relationship between God and humans.
According to Christian belief, Virgin Mary gave birth to Jesus Christ in the city of Bethlehem on this day.
Marking the carnival, Christians were seen offering special prayers at Gouripur Baptist Church as in some other villages of this upazila.
The prayer houses and adjoining areas decked out with colourful tiny blinking lights. Illuminated Christmas trees were placed with a star standing right on top.
Special dishes were prepared in the families of members of the community and the children sought blessings from the elders.
District President of North Mymensingh Unit of Bangladesh Baptist Church, Huebard Chakrabarthy, inhabitant of Gouripur upazila said to the shomoybd.com, Apart from organizing special prayers in churches, cutting cakes, carol singing, exchange of pleasantries and decoration of X-mas trees were the other main features of the day.
December 26, 2018