Lahore, Pakistan gets ready for Christmas

Posted On December 17, 2006

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Preparations for Christmas have picked up in Lahore as the Christian community is busy making arrangements to celebrate the day with zeal and fervour.

There are nearly 400 churches in the city and almost all churches have been decorated with colourful lights and Christmas trees. Christians have started illuminating their homes and churches and Christmas shopping is in full swing. St Anthony’s Church on Empress Road, Naulakha Church, St Mary’s Church in the Cantonment area, Nabha Road Church and Cathedral Church of the Resurrection on The Mall have been specially decorated in connection with Christmas.

All education institutions run by Christians have started organising various programmes like tableaus and carols to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. The Christian youth have started composing songs in connection with Christmas Eve.

“We start Christmas preparations from the first week of December by organising get-togethers and exchanging Christmas gifts and cards” said Saleem, a private company employee. Nabeela, a housewife, said that she had bought bangles and chocolates to give to her cousins on Christmas day.

Another important ritual of the Christmas celebrations is decorating Christmas trees to welcome the arrival of Santa Claus, also known as Father Christmas.