Bangladesh, officially known as the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, is a country located in South Asia and is bordered by India to its west, north and east; Burma to its southeast and the Bay of Bengal is located to its South. It is the world’s eighth-most populous country, with over 160 million people, and among the most densely populated countries.
Christmas Celebrations in Bangladesh :
Bangladesh is an Islam based country, therefore the Christmas celebration is not much sound. Aside from Bengali Christians, a significant number of the population in Bangladesh are Christians. Christmas Day is a national holiday in Bangladesh and it is formally celebrated by the President of Bangladesh. In Bangladesh, Christmas, called the Borodin, or Great Day also “Bara Din (Big Day)” is celebrated by Bengali Christians.
Bangladesh have lots of unique traditions and food, but also follow suite in the worldwide traditions such as church going and exchange of gifts and food. There is a diverse range of celebrations in Bangladesh as the traditions change throughout the tribal towns to the urban locations.
On Christmas Eve, people go to the church to attain the special prayer sessions. The villagers would cut down scores of banana trees and re-plant them in pairs along the paths to churches and outside their homes. They would then bend over the huge leaves of the banana trees to form an arch, they would then make small holes in the bamboo poles, fill them with oil and tie them across the arches. When the oil is lit, the way to the church is lit up bright enough for all to see.
When Christmas day arrives, people go to church before they commence the celebration. Christians exchanged gifts and cards to express their Christmas greetings to one another, before Christmas. Like other countries Bangladesh people also like to decorate their house with candles, Christmas trees and coloured papers. Bengali Christians offer traditional sweets and pithas (traditional Bengali cakes). Several day-long large gatherings are held at the churches, functions include illumination of churches, decorating Christmas trees and other Christian festivities.
The main towns and ‘middle class’ communities also celebrate Christmas by decorating hotels, cafes and festive style theme parks. Five star hotels in the city also arrange special Christmas programs where Santa distributes gifts among the children. Tribal communities follow their own tradition slightly different from the Bengali tradition.
Breakfast at Christmas consist of food like cakes, pitha, paes, semai, or sandwich. Different vegetables, mutton, chicken, pork, or beef are selected for lunch and dinner with delicious fruits, soft drinks, and ice creams.
You can see Christmas Celebrations more in Dhaka and Chittagong as they are more populated cities of Bangladesh.
People greet their family and friends by saying Shubho Borodin, or Greetings of the Great Day.
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