By Jameson Chauluka:
Christians around the world are celebrating Christmas, which marks the birth of Jesus Christ.
The mood in the streets of the country were jubilant on Christmas Eve as people went about shopping in readiness for the celebration, which falls on December 25 every year.
Public transport users had, in some cases, to wait for over 30 minutes to board a minibus as everyone wanted to arrive at shops earlier.
One of the residents of Blantyre City, Magret Matchado, said she would celebrate the day praising God at her church, saying people should always bear in mind that Christmas is the birthday of Jesus Christ.
“It is a day to celebrate the great things that Jesus [Christ] has been doing for me since his birth. You see, as we are celebrating, some people are sick, others passed on but I am here— alive and in good health,” she said.
Linda Edson, a mobile money agent who also sells airtime in Blantyre, concurred with Matchado, saying this is a day to celebrate the love of God.
She said there has been a great improvement in business as a lot of people are sending and receiving money from across the country.
A Lilongwe resident Alick Siyasiya said Christmas is time for family and friends.
“After church, I will spend time with my family at home and I will visit relatives in the evening,” he said.
Apostle Willie Chaponda of Mustard Seed Church said Christmas is an important event in salvation of mankind as Christians all over the world celebrate the birth of Messiah.
He said the birth of Jesus on Earth over 2,000 years ago remains the basis of salvation of the world and is worthy to be celebrated while following Christian values.
“Jesus came to end sin and you cannot celebrate the birth of someone who came to end sin by committing sins such as drinking, fornicating and committing adultery. People can go to church, share gifts and celebrate just like we celebrate when a baby is born,” he said.
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