The Christian community is all set to observe their religious festival of Christmas across the country today.
The day commemorates the birth anniversary of Jesus Christ, who is believed to be the son of God. Christmas is celebrated every year on December 25.
Decoration of Christmas trees with colourful lights, special prayers, and distribution of gifts among children and exchange of pleasantries are the main features of the day's festivities.
Christmas carols and hymns are set to sing before and after the prayer sessions at the churches.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on the occasion.
President Abdul Hamid wished: "May Christmas bring endless joy and welfare to everyone including the Christian community. May everyone's life be filled with happiness and prosperity."
The Prime Minister wished peace, welfare and prosperity to all citizens including the Christian community on the eve and urged for collective effort from all for making a prosperous, non-communal and peaceful nation.
The President will host a reception at Bangabhaban on the occasion this evening.
Archbishop of Bangladesh, ambassadors and representatives from foreign missions, distinguished members of the Christian community, religious leaders and professionals will join the reception.
Later, President Abdul Hamid along with the guests will join a tea party.