Orthodox Christmas in Bethlehem a subdued affair in 2009
- Orthodox Christmas in Bethlehem a subdued affair in 2009
Bethlehem - Ma'an - Christmas on the eastern Orthodox calendar on Wedensday
will be a subdued affair in light of the Israeli war on Gaza, officials in
the West Bank City of Bethlehem say.
Bethlehem Police Chief Abdul-Jabbar Burqan said that his officers have
completed preparations for the celebration, including easing restrictions on
movement throughout the city.
The heads of Palestinian churches and the Palestinian Authority have
cancelled public celebrations, including the traditional boy and girl scout
parades. The lights on Manger Square will not be lit. Religious rituals will
go ahead as planned.
Leaders of the Syrian Church, the Roman Church and Ethiopian Church will be
received in the Manger Square from 8:30am to 3:30pm.
Palestinian police in Bethlehem in the southern West Bank completed
preparation for Christmas Eve according to eastern calendar on Tuesday, says
director of Bethlehem police Abdul-Jabbar Burqan.
Monday, 5 January 2009
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