Christmas being observed today

Kathmandu, December 24

Nepal will be celebrating Christmas, the greatest festival of Christians, with much fanfare throughout the country tomorrow.

It is celebrated to mark the birth of Jesus Christ on December 25. The festival has been recognised as a national festival since 2007, as non-Christians also celebrate Christmas with a lot of zeal.

The government has announced a national holiday to celebrate the festival.

On the occasion, Christians visit church and exchange gifts with family and friends. The King of Rome Constantine started the celebration of the festival in 350 AD.

Meanwhile, President Bidhya Devi Bhandari has extended her heartfelt Christmas greetings to all Nepali Christians living at home and abroad, wishing them for peace, happiness, prosperity, good health, unity, brotherhood and progress.

“May this festival strengthen the feelings of love and unity among Nepali people and inspire all to implement the Constitution of Nepal for peaceful and prosperous Nepal,” she said in a message.

The Federation of National Christian, Nepal has also wished all Christians and non-Christians a Merry Christmas and urged the government and agitating parties to solve the ongoing crisis in the country.