Let all celebrate Christmas: Mamata

Christmas is celebrated by everyone and there should be no debate whether December 25 should be a national holiday, chief minister Mamata Banerjee said on Friday.

By Our Special Correspondent in Calcutta
  • Published 23.12.17
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Christmas lights at Chandernagore. Image: Shutterstock

Calcutta: Christmas is celebrated by everyone and there should be no debate whether December 25 should be a national holiday, chief minister Mamata Banerjee said on Friday.

"It is not right on the part of the central government to consider Christmas as a working day. December 25 is celebrated by everyone across the country. The Centre should correct its mistake and let the entire country observe the day as a national holiday," Mamata told a pre-Christmas event at St Xavier's College (Autonomous) in Park Street.

December 25 remains a national holiday but some central government wings had during the past few years scheduled events on the day that necessitated the attendance of some people.

The Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan will this year organise special coaching classes for students from Classes IX to XII in its 62-odd schools under the Calcutta region for 10 days starting December 23. Attendance on December 25 is optional but the teachers are expected to be in school.

R-Day tableau

Mamata suggested that the Centre had rejected Bengal's Republic Day tableau, whose theme was "unity is harmony ( ekotai sampriti)".