Syria officially the Syrian Arab Republic, is a country in Western Asia, bordering Lebanon and the Mediterranean Sea to the West, Turkey to the north, Iraq to the east, Jordan to the south and Israel to the southwest.
The Capital of this country is Damascus and the largest city is Aleppo.
Christmas Celebrations in Syria :
Christmas in Syria is no different from other countries. All the stores, buildings and roads in the country are decorated on the day and festooned with lights.
In Syria, on the day of Christmas Eve, all family members gather around an unlit bonfire, along with a lighted candle in hand. The youngest child, usually the son, reads out the Christmas story aloud. On the completion of the story, the bonfire is lit. The flames of the fire are believed to indicate the fate and fortune in the coming year. The way the flames spread shows the luck of the house in the coming year. Psalms are sung, while the fire is still burning. After the fire sinks, all the members jump over the embers and ashes thrice, to make their wishes.
In Syria, people attend the Mass on Christmas mornings, where another bonfire is lit in the center of the floor. Ancient hymns are sung and the figure of the Christ Child is carried by the chief church official. He then touches the nearest person as a ‘Touch of Peace’. This touch is then carried forward to every person present in the Mass.
Traditional Christmas dinner generally includes chicken, nuts, pastries and oranges. A special Mass is also conducted on December 6, to honor St. Nicholas Thaumaturgus, a kind-hearted and generous legend.
Since Arabic is the official language, people greet Merry Christmas as “Milad Majid”. In some places where Armenian is spoken, people greet “Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand” as Merry Christmas.
Wishing all readers Merry Christmas 2019 & Happy New Year 2020 !!!