Christmas is being celebrated with zest and fervour throughout Pakistan, with churches and Christian neighbourhoods decked out in festive lights.
In Pakistan, where there are millions of Christians, the holiday is celebrated with street and tree decorations and special prayers in churches for the safety, stability, and peace of the nation.
Christians sung Christmas carols and lit up the streets of Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Quetta, Peshawar, and other cities.
Imran Khan, the leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), and other political personalities congratulated the Christian community on the occasion. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.
A large procession travels from St. Anthony’s Church to the Cathedral in Lahore during Christian holidays like. To get to the Cathedral for the services takes hours. These are then enthusiastically celebrated! Spiritual seminars are held before and during Advent to assist people in getting ready for Christmas, or “Bara Din” (which is Urdu and Punjabi for the “Big Day”). Even among Muslims in Pakistan, this idiom is very common.
In many Christian communities, carol singing is performed by various organisations during the final week of Advent. When they sing carols at homes, the residents give the choir a gift in exchange. The majority of the time, the proceeds from these carols are donated to the church or used for charitable purposes.
Each home is ornamented and has a star on the roof in the major Christian neighbourhoods. Additionally, the streets are lit and ornamented. Other significant decorations include the Christmas tree and crib. Competitions for cribs do exist occasionally. Additionally, Christians occasionally trade of cakes.
Churches are crowded on Christmas Eve for the midnight or vigil-mass services. Very special hymns are sung by the choirs. Some locations have fireworks after the vigil mass, which helps.