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Christmas tree lit up in Bethlehem’s Manger Square



Official celebrations of Christmas kick off as the Palestinian Premier lit up a Christmas tree in Bethlehem.

According to details, the Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah officially kicked off the celebrations of Christmas 2015, by lighting up the Christmas tree. On December 5, Saturday, Palestinian Premier Rami Hamdallah lit up a Christmas tree in Bethlehem’s Manger Square.

For this purpose an official ceremony was organized, to launch this year’s official celebrations of Christmas. While addressing the gathering at the Manger Square, Prime Minister Hamdallah said that Bethlehem has been adorned with beautiful Christmas decorations while at the same time it has been brightly lit regardless of “wounds” it has had to suffer as a result of recent clashes. PM Hamdallah conveyed Christmas felicitations to the Palestinian Christians.

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While the ceremony was going on, a tightened security accompanied Prime Minister Hamdallah’s presence in Bethlehem. Bethlehem’s Manger Square was heavily packed with security contingents in and around. The Manger Square borders the Nativity Church which is traditionally believed to be the location of birth of Lord Jesus Christ.

His presence in the city was accompanied by heavy security measures in and around Manger Square, which borders the Nativity Church – traditionally held as the birthplace of Jesus Christ. This ceremony was attended by residents of Bethlehem, while the Christmas tree in Manger Square, was being lit up just outside the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem.

This ceremony was also attended by the Mayor of Bethlehem- Vera Baboun. While addressing the audience , Vera Baboun said, “Today we light the Christmas tree to show the world that we are people who deserve to live.” Recent violence and unrest is likely to overshadow this year’s Christmas celebrations; which will proceed as scheduled. The occupied Palestinian territory has been swamped by conflicts in recent past months.

Vera Baboun while talking with media during a press conference said that while it was Bethlehem’s “duty” to go ahead with the celebrations, “special arrangements” would be publicized to be a sign of the existing circumstances.