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Bangladeshi Christians brace for subdued Christmas

Churches have decided to drop cultural programs, carol competitions and common meals due to the pandemic

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Bangladeshi Christians brace for subdued Christmas

Young Bangladeshi Catholics decorate St. Rita’s Church in Mothurapur of Pabna district ahead of Christmas. (Photo: Stephan Uttom/UCA News)

Kamol Biswas’ Christmas season has come with a very different experience from last year.

“When my first child was born shortly after Christmas last year, I was extremely happy and believed the year 2020 was going to be full of blessings and successes,” Biswas, 31, told UCA News.

But his high hopes hit stony ground in March when Covid-19 fell upon Bangladesh. Due to a shutdown and ban on public gatherings, his tea stall was closed for three months and he took large loans from a non-government organization to stay afloat.

He is still struggling to pay back the loans and feed the six-member family. He cannot afford to celebrate Christmas like in past years.

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