The day of December 25th is a remarkable public holiday in Pakistan. It is in memory of Mohammad Ali Jinnah Qaid-e-azam (The great leader), the founder of Pakistan. Like in India, Christians make up a very small part of the population.
According to worldometer.info website the total Population of Pakistan in numbers is 202,438,236 till 1950 – 2018 December 5th 9:28 pm; the website contains live number of total population of Pakistan, we can check any time our country population rate through it by clicking this link: worldometer.info of Pakistan; and there are lots of Christians living in all over Pakistan! Christians in Pakistan are living in rural and urban areas both in big number.
At Christian festivals, like Christmas and Easter, a big demonstration 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! In which Christians arrange the Christmas evening parties with many other Christian segments throughout these programs like children takes part singing carol songs (The songs about Christ Jesus Birth), the drama sketches are beings shown from stage containing the spiritual theme of Jesus Christ’s birthday.
Also before and during Advent, spiritual seminars take place to help people to prepare for Christmas or ‘Bara Din’ (which in Urdu and Punjabi meaning is the ‘Big Day’). This expression is very popular, even among the Muslim community 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 of Pakistan, each house is decorated and has a star on the top of the roof. The streets are also decorated and lit in memory of Jesus Christ birth time when a star led to people about Jesus Christ’s birth place. The crib and Christmas tree are also important decorations throughout the Christmas season. Sometimes there are crib competitions! Christians also sometimes exchange Christmas cakes cheerfully to wish Christmas season.
On the time of Christmas Eve, the Churches are packed for the midnight or vigil-mass services. The choirs sing very special hymns in Christ’s praises. After the vigil-mass, in some places, there are fireworks which help celebrate the start of Bara Din. People exchange presents and enjoys the special night; it is the night before Christmas night it is also called in common term 24th night or in Urdu it is famous as “Choubees Ki Raat.”
On ‘Bara Din’ or ‘Christmas Day’, Christians go to Church again for the Bara Din’s celebrations. People wear their best, colorful clothes to celebrate the great day. They can stay in the Church courtyard for hours, enjoying the gathering and various foods from the different stalls. The evening is typically celebrated with immediate family or relatives where special food is enjoyed. Adults often visit their parents.
In Pakistan Santa Claus; at Christmas season is one of the remarkable characters and is known as ‘Christmas Baba’.