ISLAMABAD: With Christmas drawing near the Christian community living across the country is preparing to celebrate the upcoming festival with traditional zeal and fervour’
Similarly the twin cities of Islamabad amd Islamabad and Rawalpindi are gearing up for the festivities ardently.
Christians living in Pakistan renew their spirit of celebrating Christmas which continues upto the new year.
The traditions related to Xmas include decoration of the Christmas tree, Santa Claus, or Father Christmas carol singing and buying hordes of gifts.
Stalls carrying Christmas props and trees and its decorations have been set up at various markets in the twin cities while the Christians also flock to markets for shopping on their major festival.
The community, all rich and poor alike prepare for this festivity to signify the birth of Jesus Christ through lighting up the Christmas tree cheerfully and in the spirit of the occasion.
Groups of young boys and girls prepare carols to present them on Christmas day in melodious tones to celebrate the Christmas functions that bring people together to feast, pray, wish each other well and enjoy the moments.Youngsters and children are impatiently excited while waiting for Santa Claus in his vibrant outfit of red coat with white collar and cuffs, white-cuffed red trousers, and black leather belt and boots spreads joy on their faces.
The Christmas tree – main symbol of the Christmas celebrations adorned with colourful tinsels, lights,bells, and other decorative items to welcome the arrival of Santa Claus, adds to the colour and spirit of the occasion.
The evergreen Coniferous trees are used and majestically adorned.
An angel and star is often placed at the top of the tree representing the host of angels.
Pagaents and pantomines are held by the community symbolizing the birt of baby Jesus .
Published in The Express Tribune, December 13th, 2018.