Celebrating the holidays

Before i start off with this post, on behalf of Karachi Metblogs, i wish everyone celebrating the day a very merry christmas!

(Send some gifts over our way too)

As with all the years preceding, the one place where i see christmas celebrated full force is Karachi Gymkhana. Complete with a decorated tree, lights and a special buffet lunch with turkey! Also, at the area where i used to live had a big christian community behind it, and it was fun to see them all dressed up heading for the churches early morning on the day, and then the hulla gulla which followed.

Last year, huma posted on how christmas was being celebrated in Park Towers, complete with Santa!

The News reports.. “The sight of Christmas trees and the images of Santa Claus in various restaurants and shopping malls across Karachi indicate how our society has come to accept and partake in the festivities of the occasion. In addition, there are various Christmas day luncheons and dinners held at a number of venues in the city, which are heavily attended. Children, too, are treated to gifts and activities.”

And the best article is probably from Daily Times.. “The best thing about celebrating Christmas in Pakistan is that it’s different from celebrating abroad,” explained 16-year-old Michelle while talking to Daily Times Wednesday from St. Anthony’s Church where a carol evening was being held. Her cousins have arrived from Canada for the season. “Abroad, things grow dull on Christmas Day and afterwards, but over here everything is still open and parties are held a week later. That’s why a lot of people come to celebrate Christmas in Pakistan.””

Also, just to take in how much christians make part of the city, over at Pakistaniat, Adil Najam did an article on The Churches of Pakistan, in which karachi was heavily featured.

9 Comments so far

  1. Ali Mohsin (unregistered) on December 25th, 2006 @ 1:42 pm

    Why not a blog on all the churches in Karachi…..There are quite a few with outstanding structural beauty…can recall atleast five now….would have been a befitting blog dedication to all our christian citizens.


  2. chris (unregistered) on December 25th, 2006 @ 8:41 pm

    mansoor i find it strange that the christians in your neighbouhood went to church EARLY sunday morning…majority of the christian denominations have a Midnight Christmas Mass, the night before, which is the main christmas mass and then on christmas day they have perhaps an afternoon or evening service after or before the Christmas Lunch/Dinner, respectively.

    It’s the muslims that head to their places of prayer early early morning on the Eids…


  3. chris (unregistered) on December 25th, 2006 @ 8:41 pm

    mansoor i find it strange that the christians in your neighbouhood went to church EARLY X-mas morning…majority of the christian denominations have a Midnight Christmas Mass, the night before, which is the main christmas mass and then on christmas day they have, perhaps, an afternoon or evening service after or before the Christmas Lunch/Dinner, respectively.

    It’s the muslims that head to their places of prayer early early morning on the Eids…


  4. ash (unregistered) on December 26th, 2006 @ 2:08 am

    christmas in the west has come to represent consumerism and nothing else, but for our christian community it must be great to have xmas in karachi, i am just guessing here but its probably nearer to the original concept.
    Luckily karachi is full of people who have traditions and others who believe in respecting and being included in other communities traditions.


  5. zahra (unregistered) on December 26th, 2006 @ 2:52 am

    exactly, I couldn’t agree with you more Ash, Christmas in the west could NOT be at greater odds with the values that Prophet Jesus preached, those of selflessness(altho some christians will see it as a time of sharing), abstinence and “other-worldliness”….the very values of the person whose birth they’re celebrating!!! i mean, what a gross contradiction and the numbers following blindly is JUST shocking. I mean STOP and THINK, people!

    but, I guess, you also have to realise that for many people Christmas has lost its religious flavour, so it is celebrated as a national tradition or something…


  6. wasiq (unregistered) on December 26th, 2006 @ 7:59 am

    a very happy Boxing day…to all my workaholic fans…..!

    p.s:its not a Boxer’s day you idiot!

    SUBAH HO GAIE MAMOON…MAMOON…MAAMOOO


  7. Sajid (unregistered) on December 26th, 2006 @ 12:54 pm

    So, can anyone tell me where else in khi Xmas services were held early in the morning?!?


  8. aSaR (unregistered) on December 27th, 2006 @ 7:42 am

    Honestly, i was ignorant and did NOT know that Karachi has soooooooooooo many christians.. I moved to US looong time back.. but all these times i did not know that we have so many communities in KHI which are christians.. I saw all these celebrations of xmas on GEO.. and i was amazed.. also.. us being in US, we never really get to find out what’s going on outside US unless we do our own search..GEO program the other day showed all these countries with all their christmas preps and i was just speechless! I am feeling that me living here in US stops me from reaching out to other parts of the world and realize what’s out there.. they taught us in school that US is melting pot..but that does not pertain to US alone anymore does it….

    Yes, just to confirm, we are celebrating Eid in US on 31st.. some masjids are also celebrating on 30th.. not sure if that would change!


  9. ash (unregistered) on December 27th, 2006 @ 9:09 am

    from dawm 24th dec

    “On the Christmas day, four masses will be held at the St Patrick’s Cathedral. Three will be held in the morning at 7am, 8.30am and 10am, while the fourth mass, in Urdu, will be held at 5pm.

    On Sunday, two masses will be held at the Holy Trinity Cathedral. The family communion with carols will be held in the morning (9.30am) in English and prayers will be led by Bishop Sadiq Daniel who will be assisted by Rev Shahid Sabir. The Holy Communion in Urdu, led by Bishop Sadiq Daniel and assisted by Revs Tak Kyun Kim and Azarul Qamar, will be held at 11am.”



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