Israel officially the State of Israel is a parliamentary democracy in the Middle East, on the south-eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. It borders Lebanon in the north, Syria in the northeast, Jordan and the West Bank in the east, Egypt and the Gaza Strip on the southwest, and the Gulf of Aqaba in the Red Sea to the south, and it contains geographically diverse features within its relatively small area. In its Basic Laws Israel defines itself as a Jewish and Democratic State; it is the world’s only Jewish-majority state. the capital of the country is Jersalem.
Christmas Celebrations in Israel :
Christmas in Israel, is truly Christmas in the Holy Land, a magically meaningful experience for Christians. Less commercialized than in much of the Western world because Judaism and Islam are the two main religions of Israel, Christmas in Israel is meaningful for its historic significance as the land where the Christmas story took place. Whether visiting Bethlehem for Christmas, experiencing Christmas in Nazareth, or spending Christmas in Jerusalem or any other important city across the country, it is sure to be a memorable experience. Christmas in the Holy Land offers a unique opportunity to focus on the spiritual meaning of the holiday in Israel. But it is a country where Christians are a distinct minority. For much of the rest of Israel, this is a day like any other, unless it happens to coincide with the Jewish holiday of Chanukah or the Muslim holiday of Ramadan. Nevertheless, religious opportunities to celebrate Christmas in Israel abound, since it comes here three times a year.
Christmas in Israel generally coincides with Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of light which diffuses a festive spirit across the land. However, beyond this festive spirit icons of Christmas will not be seen so much across the country. In areas with Christian populations such as Haifa, Nazareth the Old City of Jerusalem, and many Russian neighborhoods, symbols of Christmas will be seen, however, as these groups bring with them the traditions. If you are visiting Israel for Christmas, or just happen to be here and want to celebrate the most popular place to go is the town of Bethlehem which is just south of Jerusalem, in the West Bank. Here magnificent and famous services take place on Christmas Eve in Manger Square. In the north of Israel, Nazareth, Jesus’s hometown is also an interesting place to be for Christmas with many festivities.
Christmas is celebrated all around the world. Each country has different customs and traditions. Different countries celebrate in their own way including different dates, food, drinks which lead to a variety of diverse Christmas traditions around the World. This article features popular Israeli Christmas traditions detailing the celebrations, gift giving, Santa Claus and other customs followed in Israel. We have even included some useful facts and information about the country, the flag and even the language.
Festive feasts and recipes are traditional for special occasions including family dinners and meals. Interesting facts about the special food eaten as part of the customs and Christmas traditions in Israel: A typical Christmas dinner in Israel would be consist of eat turkey, spiced with pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg and stuffed with rice and almonds. If you have friends or family who live, or have ties with, a different country it is a nice gesture to add a seasons greetings in the language of the country. Here people wish each other Merry Christmas by saying – “Mo’adim Lesimkha!” Most of the population is Jewish and there is no Santa Claus related to Jewish tradition however Christians resident in Israel use the universal ‘Santa Claus’
You can observe notable Christmas Celebrations in some large cities of Israel like Jerusalem, Tel Avivaj Haifa, Rishon LeZionaf, Petah Tikvaae, Ashdod, etc.
We wish all readers Merry Christmas 2016 & Prosperous New Year 2017 !!!