Christmas greetings to all our readers
Today the biggest Christian religious festival Christmas is being observed all across the globe in different capacities. However, Christmas in realty is more than just a festival - it's a bonding among people of different creed and cultures irrespective of its exclusive religious definition.
We, however, believe that the message of Jesus supersedes all religious differences in opinions by adding hope, joy and unity. There are those who recognize Christmas Day as the birthday of a great messiah of god, a wise teacher who gave us an ideology to live by. Despite all religious differences, customs and rituals - the spirit of Christmas is very much in the likes of our Eid festivals - it includes everyone falling under an independent and sovereign Bangladesh.
Our society's increasing religious diversity might make the holiday season a little more complicated than it used to be. That said - it isn't so hard to be true to our own beliefs, be they those of the majority or of a minority, while being respectful of others'.
Much has been written about Christmas but the one written by Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol" is perhaps the most widely read. More than twenty wide centuries have come and gone, and today it still stands as the epic message of morality for the human race. It was a compelling tale of greed, love, humanity and charity.
We now know how the sheer strength of this festival once united bitter enemies into temporary friends in the very midst of the First World War. Nevertheless, given the impact of its spirit, it's strong enough to unite a nation of people with diverse religious beliefs.
However, against the backdrop of current global reality, many unanticipated shocks can happen. Not only it's a moral obligation to protect the festivals of our minority groups, but also an essential one. Coupled with law enforcement agencies, citizens of all walks of life should be watchful enough to protect the Christmas tradition of Bangladesh from being tarnished in the name of extremism. Not to forget, Jesus is the same prophet to countless millions of Muslims across the globe with a different entity as the Prophet Isa. Thus, his prophetic legacy is of supreme importance for the Muslim majority countries including Bangladesh. Last of all, Jesus Christ's religious interpretations can differ but his teaching of humanity, kindness and joy remains same for all mankind - Merry Christmas to all.
Let this Christmas bring unity and joy in our lives.