( Christmas in Pakistan )
How We Celebrate 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.
Christians go to different Churches 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.
The traditional Christmas greeting in Punjabi is 'Bara Din Mubarrak Ho', which means, 'the blessing of Christmas on you'.
In Pakistan Santa Claus/Father Christmas is known as 'Christmas Baba'.
How you can help on this Christmas :
You can make smile many poor families, orphans children and street children on this Christmas. With your help we can clothe the needy children with the warm clothes . Your little part can bring blessing to the children .
Our Ministry is working on providing the warm clothes to the children. We are giving Christmas gift of warm clothes to the children who don't have any clothes to wear on this Christmas. As everyone knows . it get's very cold in the Christmas Season. the warm clothes are very important to wear on the Christmas . But there are lots of children who don't have the warm clothes.
We Need your help to clothe the children of Pakistan on this Christmas .
If you would like to give your little Gifts , Offerings, Financial Support . You can Contact Us at our Email Address Below :
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