Christmas being celebrated
The Christian community of the country, as elsewhere across the world, is celebrating Christmas today, commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ.
The Christians are offering special prayers in churches on the occasion as it is one of the most important days of the year for them.
Christmas, the biggest religious festival of the Christian community, is a celebration of rebirth, new beginning, forgiveness and peace, and renewing relationship with God and humans.
According to Christian belief, God appeared on earth through his son, Jesus Christ, on this day.
It is one of the most important days of the year for Christians, who will hold special prayers in churches.
The celebrations start on the eve of the day with singing of carols in public places like lobbies, restaurants and lounges.
The prayer houses and adjoining areas have already been decorated with colourful tiny blinking lights.
Illuminated Christmas trees have been placed with a star standing right on top.
Santa Claus will hand out Christmas gifts to the children on the occasion.
Different luxurious hotels in the capital have already been decorated with Christmas trees, goodies and fairy lights.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and police have remained alert in churches and adjoining areas to ensure that the day remains a peaceful one.
The day is a public holiday.
Bangladesh Television and Bangladesh Betar along with private TV channels and radio stations are broadcasting special programmes while national dailies will publish supplements highlighting the significance of the day.
Pope Francis ushered the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics into Christmas on Wednesday, urging them to allow God to enter their lives to help combat darkness and corruption.
The 78-year-old Argentine pope led a solemn Christmas Eve Mass for thousands of people in St. Peter's Basilica. It is the second Christmas season for the pope, who was elected last year as the first non-European pontiff in 1,300 years.