LAHORE - Carol singing, rich plum cake, Santa Claus with gifts for children, fresh flowers of all colours and the jingling bells. Christmas is certainly around the corner. With beaming faces the choir of Cathedral Church presented carol singing in a special event organised by TheNation in collaboration with Pearl Continental Hotel on Saturday evening in the hotel’s main lobby.

With just two days to go before Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ in Pakistan and across the world Christmas functions are being held in the city with traditional zeal and enthusiasm. Like every year TheNation organised the function that was attended by heads of Christian institutions as well as leading personalities from different walks of life. Bishop of Lahore Rt Rev Irfan Jamil was the chief guest on the occasion. Prominent among the guests were Rev Shahid Miraj, Director British Council Darrin Vardon, Director Alliance de Francaise Dominique Scorby, Director Bible Society of Pakistan Sunny Lamuel, General Secretary Lahore YMCA Samuel Pervaiz, Principal Cathedral High School Shirin Sarfaraz, Jocelyn Ort Saeed, popular singer A Nayyar, Sajjad Taffu, Geiti Joshua, Rev Riaz Malik and Cedric Shah. All the guests participated in the cake cutting ceremony.  

The function began with a special prayer by Bishop of Lahore. The presentation by the Cathedral choir was a special treat. The choir sang old carols like ‘The silent night’ mesmerising the audience with soul stirring music of organ. The climax of the event was the famous ‘Jingle Bell’ song presentation wherein the Santa Claus also came into action dancing to the tune of music he distributed gifts and sweets among the children. The audience enjoyed the carol singing by clapping and joining in the singing. Bishop Jamil in the end gave a short Christmas message about the true spirit of celebrating the religious festival. He stressed on the need of socio-religious harmony in the society. “The slogan should not be about tolerance rather it should be about acceptance. If there is acceptance of the diversity in society then social harmony is the natural outcome,” he explained. In the end, TheNation Deputy Editor Mazhar Qayyum thanked the guests for participating in the function.