Christians in Bangladesh held a special prayer service and made an "oath for love of country" to mark the country's Victory Day on Dec. 16.
Bangladesh celebrated its 49th Victory Day with tributes for its "martyrs" in the Liberation War of 1971.
Due to a fresh surge of COVID-19 cases, the celebration was done on a limited scale and without the usual massive gatherings.
Special prayers were offered in churches, mosques, temples, pagodas, and other places of worship for the departed souls and for the country's peace, progress and prosperity.
In Dhaka's Tejgaon Holy Rosary church, a special prayer service was led by its parish priest, Father Subrato B. Gomes.
"We all have to be united to build this country," said Nirmal Rozario, president of the Bangladesh Christian Association as he expressed gratitude to those who fought the war.
Hemonto Corraya, secretary general of the Bangladesh Christian Association, said the Christian community has been "playing a huge role in education, health, and development" as expression of their love for country.
"Those who do not love the country do not love their parents, siblings, family and society," said Dr. Benedict Alo D'Rozario, Caritas Asia president and former executive director of Caritas Bangladesh. - Nikhil Gomez / RVA News