A Christian church in northern China has celebrated the first communion of the year with a pair of dresses that are adorned with a rainbow of colours.
The church in Xinzong, in the eastern province of Sichuan, has put out an online poll asking the public to choose between a dress made of white fabric, a pink dress made with a light blue fabric and a white dress with a red colour.
It’s a dress with different colours, and you can choose one of them, the church said on its website.
The two dresses are made by a Christian group called “Sisters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints”, and the rainbow-patterned ones were made for a special service on Wednesday.
The dress in the first photo is worn by the Rev Mr Wang Xiaohua, who led the service.
The other two are made of black fabric and white fabric.
The church’s leader, Reverend Mr Guo Shuang, said the rainbow colour and the blue and white colour are both symbolic for Christ.
“This is the colour of the cross, which is the most important colour for the salvation of people and for salvation of the whole world,” he said.
Mr Wang said the dresses were created with love, and that the church will make more in the future.
“We will create more colours for people, and we will make a rainbow dress for every person,” he told local media.
Some Chinese families are traditionally wary of celebrating Christmas, but there are plenty of other celebrations in China every year, with people lighting up streetlights and wearing Christmas clothes.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is on a three-country tour of Asia, visited Xinzou, a town of about 6,000 people in the province of Gansu, on Sunday.
He also held a formal event in the town to mark the end of Christmas celebrations in his home country.