Pakistan News : The day started with special prayers at Churches. Christmas trees were decorated with lights and colourful balls in Christian colonies, outside shopping malls and alongside the important roads.
The Christian community in the country renewed their commitments to follow the teachings of their religion in letter and spirit.
Special ceremonies and masses are scheduled for the day in all churches across the country with prayers for peace and stability of Pakistan.
Christmas is celebrated culturally and religiously as a major festival by the followers of Christianity who believe that the day brings happiness and blessings for them.
The traditions associated with the festival primarily include Christmas trees, Santa Claus and Christmas gifts. Santa Claus attracts people with his bright red and snowy white costumes. The jolly white-bearded man serves the people with gifts, best wishes and sweets.
The government has made comprehensive security arrangements and special deployment of police has been ensured at Churches and public places.
President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif in their separate messages on the occasion have extended heartiest greetings to the Christians brethren all over the world and in particular to those living in Pakistan.
They have reiterated the government’s resolve to uphold the rights of all minorities and to protect their lives and properties‚ treating them as equal citizens of the state.