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Tradition, spirituality and joy: Christmas carols in Bangladesh

Seasonal songs have special significance for Christians in the Muslim-majority country

Tradition, spirituality and joy: Christmas carols in Bangladesh

A group of Catholics perform Borodiner Kirtan (Christmas carols) in Dhaka on Dec. 16. (Photo: Stephan Uttom/ucanews)

Hiron Patrick Gomes is a bit upset that his team lost its crown at a recent Borodiner Kirtan (Christmas Carol) contest in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka.

Gomes’ team was among 17 Kirtan Dals (Carol Groups) from around the country that participated on Dec. 16 in a competition organized by the Christian Cooperative Credit Union Ltd (CCCUL), the country’s largest cooperative bank.

It was the third version of the contest hosted by the CCCUL, coming just days before most Christians in the city head back to their villages to spend Christmas with family and friends.

Gomes and his team were champions last year but this year had to settle for fourth.

“We practiced for more than a week and performed quite well. We are a bit upset, but not heartbroken. In the past years, I have won many competitions and hope to win more in the future,” Gomes, 32, a Catholic father of one, told ucanews.

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