In Pakistan, December 25 is a public holiday, but it is in memory of the founder of the Pakistan. As in India, Christmas is a very small event for the population. But like Pakistan, with a population of more than 162 million people, there are more than five million Christians! Most Christians live in Pakistan, the country is very poor.
Christian festivals such as Christmas and Eid feast of Passover, a large procession takes place, in Lahore, from St. Anthony’s Church to the Cathedral. It takes an hour to get to the cathedral for the service. Then celebrate this with a lot of enthusiasm! Before and during the advent of the spiritual and seminars take place to help people prepare for the Christmas holiday, or “righteous religion” (which in Urdu and Punjabi means “big day”). This expression is very popular, even among Muslims in Pakistan.
During the last week of Advent, in many Christian areas, the Carol singing the implementation of the various categories. They go from house to house singing carols and family and in return offer something to the choir. And mostly used the money earned from these hymns to charity or given to the church.
In large Christian areas, and decorated the whole house and has a star on the roof. Also decorated the streets and lit. Crib and Christmas tree, holiday decorations are also important. Sometimes there is a bed competitions! Christians also sometimes exchange Christmas holiday cookies.
Christmas Eve feast, packed churches for midnight mass or vigil services. Choirs singing hymns very own. After the vigil mass, in some places, there are fireworks to help celebrate the start of righteous religion. People dance, and displays the exchange and enjoy the special night.
In Barra religion or holiday Christmas Day, Christians go to church once again to participate in the celebrations of righteous religion. People wear the best clothes, colorful. And it can remain in the courtyard of the church for several hours, and enjoy different food items from various stalls. Usually celebrated in the evening with the immediate family or relatives. It has a special food. Adults often visit their parents.
Pakistan’s Santa Claus / Father Christmas holiday known as “Christmas Baba”