Christmas and Boxing Day: Celebrations in pictures around the world!

Published: December 28, 2012

Instead of sitting and debating about the logistics of celebrating an event- celebrate it anyway. PHOTO: REUTERS

Christmas- a day of celebration for most of the world and Boxing Day – the perfect cherry on top.

Besides Eid, Christmas takes priority in my life as well. My grandmother, a Czech national, Christian who converted to Islam long long ago still celebrates Christmas with the same zeal as she does Eid.

Secretly, I believe Santa Claus still exists too. Many argue that being a Muslim I should not be celebrating a Christian tradition- however, being brought up in the family that I have, I believe that life is way too short and we need all the occasions we can get to celebrate with our loved ones- you never know who leaves you and when.

On the night of December 22, 2012, early morning between 4:52 and 4:58, I lost the one person I dreamt my life with, my future with- I lost my fiancé, Asfandyar Munawar Siddiqui to a tragic car accident. The reason I am telling you all this today is because the loss I felt is incomparable. He was just 28-years-old and we were going to celebrate Christmas together this year at my house.

Unfortunately, this year, I didn’t know when Christmas came and when it went.

So instead of sitting and debating about the logistics of celebrating an event- celebrate it anyway. Put up a Christmas tree and place presents underneath for all your family members, friends and loved ones. Have a Christmas eve dinner, pull each other’s leg and enjoy the company of one another. Everyday should be Christmas and Eid, and every day should be celebrated.

Having come back to work, I decided to look at how the world celebrated Christmas and Boxing Day- despite the trying times. Here are some wonderful pictures that I came across and thought I’d share them with you all. I wish I could share them with him as well.

German bicycle designer Didi Senft, known during the Tour de France as "El Diabolo", presents his latest Christmas-themed construction in Storkow, Germany (PHOTO:AFP)

A diver dressed as Santa Claus swims with a dolphin at Hakkeijima Sea Paradise in Yokohama. (PHOTO: REUTERS)

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is lit on November 28. (PHOTO: AFP)

A postal employee dressed as Santa Claus displays letters as he poses for the opening day of the Santa Claus secretariat in Libourne post office in France. (PHOTO: REUTERS)

A chocolate Santa Claus waits in a display window of a boutique in Munich. (PHOTO:AFP)

A teddy bear rests on the snow-covered grave of six-year-old Benjamin Andrew Wheeler, one of 20 schoolchildren killed in the December 14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, on Christmas morning at the Newtown Village Cemetery in Newtown, Connecticut (PHOTO:REUTERS)

The Oxford Street Christmas lights are switched on in central London

The Oxford Street Christmas lights are switched on in central London. (PHOTO: REUTERS)

These were just the Christmas celebrations around the world, here’s what Boxing Day did to the once normal people! Yes, Boxing Day is the one day you can become a crazy shopper, lose all sense of etiquettes and mannerisms and let loose that shopper devil inside you -and the best part is- you’re excused for it all! Please tell me you guys shopped your hearts out- if you didn’t, take a look at these pictures and enjoy the expressions of some of these determined shoppers.

(PHOTO: AFP)

Boxing Day in London (PHOTO:AFP)

I want it! Even if I don’t like it I want it- I want it even if I don’t want it! Just give it to me!

London- Shoppers check out handbags as they crowd inside Selfridges department store in central London in search of a bargain during the post-Christmas Boxing Day sales. Hundreds of thousands of bargain hunters headed to the shops despite a strike on London’s underground train network. (PHOTO: AFP)

MILLIONS of excited bargain hunters descended on stores and malls in a record-breaking Boxing Day sales spree. (PHOTO:REUTERS)

(PHOTO: AFP)

Shoppers rest outside a clothing shop during the Boxing Day sales on Oxford Street in central London (PHOTO: REUTERS)

Shoppers scramble for perfume in Selfridges department store in London's Oxford Street - while millions of others shop online. (PHOTO:REUTERS)

Shoppers fill the aisles in Selfridges on the morning of the Boxing Day sales in London. (PHOTO: REUTERS)

(PHOTO: AFP)

What I imagine this gentleman saying;

“Pick that one up too, honey- today, I’ll buy you as many things as you like!”

*evil snicker* He thinks this will count for her birthday and anniversary present too- poor guy!

(PHOTO: AFP)

You can never get enough of these photos!

With these pictures, I hope everyone saw the little moments of joy in the world- even for a few minutes. I hope to God that He grants Asfandyar a place in heaven, I hope he celebrated Christmas just like we would have together and I hope that the world celebrates the smaller moments in life.

Mankind needs a reason to celebrate every day. Don’t live your life fretting over why you should.

Live like there is no tomorrow, love like you have no time left.

Read more by Erum here or follow her on Twitter @shaikherum

 

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Erum Shaikh

The writer is Blogs Editor at The Express Tribune and has an Undergraduate Degree in Law from the University of London. She tweets @shaikherum (twitter.com/shaikherum)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Nandita.

    Hope you’re okay, Erum. Take care of yourself.Recommend

  • Parvez

    Its good to celebrate when you’re happy……….and there’s no shame in crying when you’re sad.Recommend

  • Minelle

    Wishing you all the love and joy in this world with all our warmest most heartfelt prayers .. May Asfi rest in peace in the Heavens above and watch over us all. Recommend

  • Gem

    Lots of love and prayers for you Erum. Recommend

  • http://blogs.tribune.com.pk/author/896/ayesha-pervez/ Ayesha Pervez

    I am very sorry to hear about your loss, Erum. May God bless you.Recommend

  • kHaN

    Who cares who celebrated Christmas how and where!

    @authoer, Yes, your friends are right. Celebrating Christmas is unIslamic and by doing so you validate the Christian concept of what they believe about the birth of Essa (PBUH) therefore, invalidates your belief in Islam. It may feel so “cool” to you to wear that Santa hat and exchange those glittering packages but, you are unwittingly practicing their religion. Recommend

  • Irum Mirza

    Erum, I am sure Asfandyar is all smiles when he reads this article and sees the pictures you have shared. Keep spreading love n happiness and not let anything in life make you bitter.
    Lots of love Recommend

  • blah

    Very sorry for your loss. please don’t loose hope. keep your head up high and be strong erum :)Recommend

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    It seems that everyone had enjoyed Christmas as its best..There is no doubt in it that Mankind needs a reason to celebrate every day as we can see from the posters shared above..Recommend

  • Madiha

    This was the sweetest most heartbreaking thing I have ever read. I am really sorry for your loss Erum and I admire your courage so much. May Allah mian grant Asfandyar a very special place in heaven. Take care of yourself. loads of love.Recommend

  • BRUISED INDIAN

    Extremely sorry for your irrepairable loss, may you have the courage to over come your grief. Recommend

  • tahira

    My heart goes out to you,he must have been a wonderful person,may Allah mend your devastated soul,loveRecommend