Lahore: Christmas bazaars set up in six different locations in order to facilitate local Christians — Posted by Madeeha Bakhsh On December 23, 2015 on Christians in Pakistan com
A Christmas bazaar has been set up in country’s one of the largest Christian neighbourhoods, Youhanabad in order to facilitate the Christians.
According to details, District Coordination Officer (DCO) had inaugurated a Christmas bazaar in Youhanabad, which is a Christian majority neighbourhood of Lahore.
In keeping with details, DCO of Lahore Muhammad Usman, on Tuesday December 22, inaugurated a Christmas Bazaar in Youhanaabad in order to provide assistance to the Christian community on the eve of Christmas. At this occasion he visited several stalls of assorted commodities. DCO Muhammad Usman also inspected the quality of the products put on sale and their prices.
After the inauguration of the Christmas bazaar, DCO Muhammad Usman also directed the officials of Town Municipal Administration Nishtar Town to make sure that the products put on sale in this Christmas bazaar are of good quality while the prices are low so that the local Christian community can get maximum benefit and relief.
In addition to the Christmas bazaar in Youhanabad, DCO Muhammad Usman said that “the district administration set up six such bazaars to facilitate the Christian community.” These Christmas shopping bazaars have been established at Jallo Mor in Wahga Town near BRB Canal, Gulberg Town near Makkah Colony, Nishter town near Yohanabad Ferozpur Road, Data Gunj Bakhsh Town opposite Don Basco School near Railway Headquarters, Shalimar Town at China Scheme Chowk and in Data Town the bazaar has been set up at Elahi Bukhsh Road.
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Christmas gift from CM Punjab: Remission of three months from the imprisonments of Christian prisoners
Christmas cheers as Chief Minister of Punjab announces a remission of three months in the imprisonment of Christian prisoners.
According to details, the Chief Minister of Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif has announced three months remission in the imprisonment of Christian prisoners on the occasion of Christmas.
Chief Minister of Punjab while addressing a Christmas function which was held in Lahore’s Model Town on Tuesday, December 22, he declared that Pakistan’s Christian community has played a creditable role in the creation of Pakistan and its progress and success. Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping Kamran Michael and, Provincial Minister for Minority Affairs Khalil Tahir Sandhu were also present at this occasion.
“Services of Christian community in education, health and other sectors are appreciable and they earned a name with regard to service to ailing humanity and promotion of education. The role of Christians in the defence of the country and provision of justice is also laudable.”
Furthermore, Chief Minister said that Christmas is a day of joys, as he recalled his studentship days. He told the audience that he had studied in a Christian missionary school and still has the memories of love and anger of his teachers “especially the cane of Madam Paul.” At this occasion he also said that “Christmas results in promotion of love, harmony and mutual relations between Muslims and Christians.”
CM Shahbaz Sharif also sang a Christmas carol along with Christian children who were present at this occasion. “The birthday of the Holy Jesus (Christ) is also sacred and respectable for Muslims along with Christian community; the details of the incidents of the era of Christ have been mentioned in the Holy Quran.”
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Photos: Christmas 2015 celebrations in Pakistan — TVI com Pakistan
Children come out after visiting the St. John Cathedral Church illuminated with lights ahead of Christmas celebrations in Peshawar. —Reuters
In Pakistan, Christmas preparations are in full swing. Christmas trees have been built and the churches have been illuminated with special lights. Christians across the cuntry are all set to celebrate Christmas on Friday (today).
Members of the Christian community living across Pakistan have decorated their homes and streets with Christmas trees, wreaths, garlands, ornaments, tableware, lights, stockings. Christmas festivities include distributing gifts among children, singing hymns, prayers, and attending Mass.
On Thursday night special services were held at Full Gospel Assembly Church, G-8/1, Saint Thomas Church, G-7, and Khatoon-e-Fatima Church in F-8, where Christian priests prayed for peace, harmony and prosperity of Pakistan.
A special prayer service was held at Full Gospel Assembly Church at sector G-8/1 Tuesday night where children sang Christmas carols and presented tableaus highlighting message of love and peace. “When we talk about harmony, equality and peace, then, the message of God is that you must love each other like you love yourselves,” Elder Samuel Masih commented.
Meanwhile, numerous police officials and other law enforcement agencies have made comprehnesive security arrangements on the eve of Christmas and special deployment will be ensured at Churches and public places.
Special prayers for the integrity, solidarity, progress and prosperity for the country will also be offered.
The colourful and decorative look of the tree creates more attraction. INP Photo
Read and view more photos in http://tvi.com.pk/photos-christmas-2015-celebrations-in-pakistan/
Shia Muslims distribute Christmas gifts among 700 Christian families in Multan,Pakistan
Shia Muslims distribute Christmas gifts among 700 Christian families in Multan.
According to details, Hasan Mashadi- Chairman Markazi Azdari Imam Hussain Council (MAIHC), together with few religious leaders from different religious sects arranged for Christmas gifts distribution among the Christian families in Multan. The civil society of Multan sponsored these gifts.
Christmas gifts were distributed among Christian families residing in Multan’s Gulshanabad Colony, Raza Abad Colony, Grass Mandi Colony, Chungi No One Colony and Double Phaatak Colony. The receivers gladly accepted the Christmas gifts.
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Christmas in Pakistan
In Pakistan, December 25th is a public holiday, but it is in memory of Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan. Like in India, Christians make up a very small part of the population. But as Pakistan has a population over 162 million people, there are more than 5 millions Christians! Most Christians in Pakistan live the country and are quite poor.
At Christian festivals, like Christmas and Easter, a big procession takes place, in Lahore, from St. Anthony’s Church to the Cathedral. It takes hours to reach the Cathedral for the services. These are then celebrated with lots of enthusiasm! Before and during Advent, spiritual seminars take place to help people to prepare for Christmas or ‘Bara Din’ (which in Urdu and Punjabi means the ‘Big Day’). This expression is very popular, even among Muslims in Pakistan.
During the last week of Advent, in many Christian areas, carol singing is performed by various groups. They go from house to house singing carols and in return the family offers something to the choir. Mostly the money collected from such carols is used for charity works or is given to the church.
In the big Christian areas, each house is decorated and has a star on the roof. The streets are also decorated and lit. The crib and Christmas tree are also important decorations. Sometimes there are crib competitions! Christians also sometimes exchange Christmas cakes.
On Christmas Eve, Churches are packed for the midnight or vigil-mass services. The choirs sing very special hymns. After the vigil-mass, in some places, there are fireworks which help celebrate the start of Bara Din. People dance, exchange presents and enjoy the special night.
On Bara Din or Christmas Day, Christians go to Church again for the Bara Din celebrations. People wear their best, colourful clothes. They can stay in the Church courtyard for hours, enjoying various food from the different stalls. The evening is usually celebrated with immediate family or relatives where special food is enjoyed. Adults often visit their parents.
In Pakistan Santa Claus/Father Christmas is known as ‘Christmas Baba’.
President, PM extend greetings to Christian brethren on Christmas — Pakistan today com
President Mamnoon Hussain has extended his greeting to Christian brethren all over the world, and in particular to those living in Pakistan on the occasion of Christmas, being celebrated today (Friday).
In his message on the occasion, the president said, “On the auspicious occasion of Christmas, I extend my heartiest greeting to our Christian brethren all over the world and in particular to those living in Pakistan.”
The message said that, Christmas, the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, is an occasion to rejoice and celebrate. On this day, the world got a messiah who brought the message of love, peace, tolerance, and compassion for humanity.
It is time to re-dedicate ourselves to following the noble ideals of Jesus Christ and work individually as well as collectively for the betterment and welfare of humanity, and to contribute our share in making the world a safer place to live, the message said.
Jesus Christ guided people to virtuous living and urged them to seek divine mercy from God. We, as Muslims, deeply revere Jesus Christ as one of the great messengers of Allah Almighty, Mamnoon’s message said.
His teachings and message of love and peace is as relevant to us as it is to our Christian brethren. Indeed, his message of love, compassion, and sacrifice is relevant to the entire humanity, it said.
“On this occasion, I would also like to acknowledge and appreciate the valuable contribution made by our Christian brethren in Pakistan in all fields. The nation is proud of their great contributions in the development of the country and deeply admires their loyalty to the state and commitment to obedience to the law. I have no doubt that they will continue to play their positive role for peace, progress, and prosperity of Pakistan,” he said.
“The equality of all citizens of the state has been enshrined in our Constitution which had also been made abundantly clear by Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in his address to the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan on August 11, 1947. I would like to reiterate that the Government of Pakistan would continue making every possible effort for the welfare and betterment of minorities,” he said.
“The present democratic government is committed to pursue policies that are aimed at creating greater harmony and cohesion among people of different faiths. Let me reiterate that we would continue our efforts to fight religious intolerance. Let it also be made clear that we will not permit the persecution of members of other faiths in the name of religion,” he said.
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