KARACHI: Christians across the world, including in Pakistan, were celebrating Christmas with religious fervour on Saturday.
The country’s Christian community illuminated their homes and churches while shopping for the occasion continued till late Friday. Almost all churches were decorated with colourful lights and illuminated with Christmas trees.
Different ceremonies were being organised in areas with a significant Christian population.
On the eve of Christmas on Friday, Bishop of Lahore Dr Alexander John Malik felicitated the nation.
“Christians have no monopoly on Christ. He belongs to all whether black or white, yellow or brown, young or old, men or women,” he said in his Christmas message.
He further said that the forces of evil and darkness could not extinguish the light that Christ had lighted in the world through his life and teachings. The bishop prayed for peace in the world and for Pakistan’s prosperity.
President Asif Ali Zardari also felicitated the Christian community on the occasion.
In his message President Zardari said: “I wish to felicitate Christians across the globe particularly our Christian brothers and sisters in Pakistan on the auspicious occasion of Christmas.”
“Christmas is a time for festivity, celebration and rejoicing as well as a reminder to all of us of the message of Jesus Christ of love, forgiveness and brotherhood among the people,” he said.