Bahrain, officially known as the Kingdom of Bahrain, is a small island country located near the western shores of the Persian Gulf.
Saudi Arabia lies to the west and is connected to Bahrain by the King Fahd Causeway while Iran lies 200 km to the north across the Persian Gulf. The peninsula of Qatar lies to the southeast across the Gulf of Bahrain.
Manama is the capital and the largest city of Bahrain. Other large cities of Bahrain include Riffa, Muharraq, Sitra, Hamad Town, etc.
Christmas Celebrations in Bahrain :
70 % of the total population of Bahrain is Muslim and hence Christmas is celebrated here with less fanfare.
The Constitution of Bahrain states that Islam is the official religion of the Kingdom of Bahrain but the Article 22 of the Constitution provides Freedom of Religion to all.
In Bahrain, there are over a few hundred Christian families living. The Kingdom also has 16 established churches, including the National Evangelical Church, the oldest Christian institution in the Gulf.
Christmas is openly celebrated in Bahrain by foreigners and its Christian-minority population.
Apart from this, people who are not Christians also love this festival.
There are Christmas trees galore, and tinsel and mince pies, Santa’s and singing elfs, garlands and pretty bows to fill a kingdom.
Expat schools are closed during Christmastime. Hotels all over have tree lightings and carol sing-a-longs and every shopping mall is decorated with Christmas theme.
We wish all readers Merry Christmas 2016 and Happy New Year 2017 !!!