Christmas Day celebrated on the 25th of December, is the most festive and joyous occasion celebrated with religious freedom by the Christians in Bangladesh and is also a declared public holiday. The celebration of Christmas features special prayers in churches on Christmas Eve, exchange of gifts and cards to express Christmas greetings, arrangements of feasts to be shared with friends and family. Some churches hosts religious gathering while others invite the community to join them to decorate the Christmas tree and sing carols. People in Bangladesh embellish their houses with local handmade decors, candles and lit up Christmas trees. Bengali Christians greet their loved ones by saying ‘Shubho Boro Din’ and offer traditional sweets and pithas. Five star hotels also arrange special Christmas program where Santa distributes gifts amongst the children. Tribal communities follow their own tradition, which is slightly different from the Bengali tradition. The Christian villagers plant banana trees in pairs to form an archway with the leaves tied together, the bamboo poles are filled with oil and lit up to form an illuminated pathway to the church. Celebration throughout the country is preceded with great enthusiasm sharing in tune with the celebrations all across the world.
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