The Ministry of Home Affairs has given instructions to celebrate Christmas and English New Year in Bangladesh. As the new type of coronavirus Omicron is spreading rapidly in different countries of the world, it has been instructed to take necessary steps to organize it on a limited scale.
Christmas on December 25 and the night of December 31 is celebrated as ‘Thirty First Night’. A letter has recently been sent from the Public Security Department of the Home Ministry to the Inspector General of Police, Divisional Commissioner, Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Range DIG, Deputy Commissioner, Superintendent of Police, President and Secretary-General of the Bangladesh Christian Association instructing them to limit the organization of the festival.
The letter from the Home Ministry said that it would be reasonable to hold a limited meeting on the occasion of Christmas and Thirty First Night without holding any public meeting, gathering, and religious, social, and cultural program in accordance with the rules of hygiene. To this end, the local administration and law enforcement agencies have been instructed to maintain strict surveillance and ensure security.
If necessary, hygiene should be ensured by holding meetings and discussions with the concerned people in the Upazila, district, divisional, and metropolitan city areas. In this context, the letter instructed to take necessary measures to ensure security and to maintain vigilance, including ensuring that the Christian religious festival of Christmas, December 25, and the ‘Thirty First Night’, the first day of the English New Year, be held in a very limited manner.
The letter further said that every year, the religious program of the followers of the Christian religion ‘Happy Christmas’ is celebrated on 25th December with due dignity, joy, and enthusiasm. In addition, on the first morning of the English New Year, ‘Thirty First Night’ celebrations were organized in different places. Due to the corona, all religious and social ceremonies around the world, public gatherings are being celebrated domestically in a very limited manner following the rules of hygiene. Following this, religious ceremonies of Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists are being celebrated on a limited scale in Bangladesh.