The People’s Party (PP) of State Vice President Joyce Banda has wished all Christians and Malawians at large a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
In a statement signed by the party’s National Director of Publicity Stephen Mwenye, the party says it is “very interesting” to note that the approaching year (2012) is getting to the people’s destination—the PP government in 2014.
“This will be a credible and reliable government; a government that will provide clear separation of party and government activities; the government that will stand by its oath on the upholding and safeguarding of the Constitution of Malawi; the government that will acknowledge the existence of three (3) separate and independent arms of government that are intended to sufficiently provide checks and balances on the running of the affairs of the State,” Mwenye says.
He says, in the statement made available to Nyasa Times, that the three corners of the PP, being unity, equity and development shall ensure that Malawi is a one state; one Malawi and with all tribes being equal.
Christmas or Christmas Day (Old English: Crīstesmæsse, literally “Christ’s mass”) is an annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ, celebrated generally on December 25 as a religious and cultural holiday by billions of people around the world. A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it closes the Advent season and initiates the twelve days of Christmastide.
Christmas is a civil holiday in many of the world’s nations. It is celebrated by an increasing number of non-Christians and is an integral part of the Christmas and holiday season.
The precise day of Jesus’ birth, which historians place between 7 and 2 BC, is unknown. In the early-to-mid 4th century, the Western Christian Church first placed Christmas on December 25, a date later adopted also in the East.
Theories advanced to explain that choice include that it falls exactly nine months after the Christian celebration of the conception of Jesus, or that it was selected to coincide with either the date of the Roman winter solstice or of some ancient pagan winter festival.