Kathmandu, December 25

Christmas, the greatest festival of Christians, was celebrated with much fanfare across the country today. The festival is celebrated to mark the birth of Jesus Christ.

Christians gathered at churches to exchange greetings and offer prayers across the country on the day. Marketplaces in Thamel, Durbar Marg, Basantapur, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur were decked with electric lights and Christmas trees for the festival.

Non-Christian communities also celebrate Christmas with great enthusiasm in Nepal where people from different religions have lived for long in harmony, respecting each other’s religion and participating in each other’s festivals and festivities.

According to the 2011 census report, about three lakh people in the country are Christians.

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

Meanwhile, President Bidhya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal extended their heartfelt Christmas greetings to all Nepali Christians living at home and abroad, wishing them peace, happiness, prosperity and good health.

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