- Kuwait Times Extra
Christmas is an annual occasion for celebrating the birth of Prophet Jesus which is celebrated on the 25th of December every year. Exchanging gifts and greeting cards, putting up special lights and playing the season`s music themes makes this spiritual time a real special treat which is shared with others.
Coming together as a family, and meeting the old, the poor and the handicapped instills in us values of caring for each other, and understanding our responsibility towards the society as we all need to coexist during good times as well as hard times. Many expats are away from home and we wish all of them a merry time. All of us must enjoy the full Christmas regalia, including the costumes and the season, even if it is not snowing here.
We in Kuwait are historically open to living amidst multicultural society and understand that our morals are multi-faith and peace with other believers is the most effective way to maintain harmony in the society. In many societies around the world, this season is also a time for cooperation and reconciliation. Very often, Muslim employees fill up for their colleagues at the work place to enable them to take part in the festivities, a gesture duly reciprocated by the other side when Muslims are fasting during Ramadan and celebrating Eid al-fitr.
Christmas is truly a sign of tolerance, acceptance and maturity of the society. It is a spirit that needs to prevail every day of every month of every year, away from the atmosphere of hatred, extremism and radicalism.
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