Christmas is one of the most significant celebrations in the whole world. It is an important milestone for us, the end of a year, time for gifts, celebrations, family reunions and - for practicing Christians - an emotional religious celebration.
Although Christmas is currently a time of gifts, celebrations and family reunions, the truth is that its origin actually responds to other historical factors that involve the powerful Roman Empire, pagan rites and have little to do with the historical fact they commemorate: The birth of baby Jesus.
We all know that on December 25 the birth of Jesus of Nazareth is commemorated, but the truth is that the exact date of this historical fact is unknown. The analysis of certain fragments of the Gospels, as well as other documents of that time, have allowed historians to make different hypotheses about the birth of Jesus Christ. Some speak of April or May, while others conclude that it was in September or October.
The symbolic meaning of the Christmas has been exploited in all societies. Christmas is above all the time to forgive, to bring families closer, to feel again that good can triumph over evil, to make resolutions for a better tomorrow.
In Bangladesh, the Christian community of the country will celebrate Christmas Day on Tuesday as elsewhere across the world, commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ.
Decoration of Christmas trees with colorful lights, special prayers, and distribution of gifts among children and exchange of pleasantries are the main features of the day`s festivities.
Christmas carols and hymns will be sung before and after the prayer sessions at the churches.
On the eve of Christmas celebration, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and President Abdul Hamid are expected to give separate messages to the Christian community.
Bangladesh Television and Bangladesh Betar and different private TV channels and radio stations will air special programmes highlighting the significance of the day.