Christmas in Bethlehem
Christmas in Bethlehem © Freedom's Falcon
Christmas in Bethlehem is a major celebration, as one would expect from the purported birthplace of Jesus Christ. It is a main destination for devout pilgrims from across the globe, as well as curious tourists who happen to be in the area.
There are services held by varieties of Christian denominations, including Catholic, Protestant, Greek Orthodox, Armenian, Ethiopian and more. The streets lie festooned with Christmas lights and decorations, accompanied by nativity plays and a Christmas markets.
Celebrations last for three weeks in Bethlehem, as different sects enjoy the occasion on different days. Arabian horses wind through Manger Square, a plaza outside the Basilica of the Nativity said to be the site of Jesus's birth.
A horseman follows on a black steed carrying a cross, with other dignitaries like government officials and clergy placing an effigy of the holy child inside the church. Visitors then go down a winding stairwell to discover a silver star marking the birthplace of Christ.
Date: December and January