Published: Thu, December 27, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Iraq Officially Recognises Christmas Day A National Holiday

Iraq Officially Recognises Christmas Day A National Holiday

In 2016, the ancient Iraqi Christian town of Bartella celebrated Christmas for the first time in two years after being liberated from ISIS.

During the summons Christians were challenged to use the birth of Christ to promote peace and togetherness for a better world. He exhorted Christians to pursue preaches of Jesus Christ.

The governor, in his Christmas message to the people of Kaduna State, asked the people of the state to pray for peace.

Fr Evariste Biramahire the priest Regina Pacis in Kimironko told Christians to embrace peace among themselves as they celebrate the birth of "the Prince of Peace".

The birth day of Jesus Christ is celebrated differently.

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Like other places, a number of celebrations and Christmas prayers are also being held across the country. "Merry Christmas to our Christian citizens, to all Iraqis and to those who are celebrating Christmas all over the world now", it says.

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry in a statement felicitating the Christian community on Christmas said that the protection of the rights of minorities is among the top priorities of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf government, according to a Radio Pakistan report.

"I am happy and thankful to God, for giving me life and health to celebrate Christmas".

Similarly, Pastor Abdulrahman Abraham, the Assistant Resident Pastor, Living Faith Church, Kugbo, FCT has described Christmas season as a time for rejoicing, giving thanks for life and showing love to other people.

"The security agencies must of necessity redouble their efforts to ensure that the Christmas and New Year celebrations are observed peacefully across the country", Saraki said.

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