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Israel is a very multifaceted country in which people of different nationalities live, therefore, in order to avoid differences between different ethnic groups, there is no official religion in this country. In fact, most of the population of Israel professes Judaism, in the calendar of which there is no such event as the Nativity of Christ. Nevertheless, this holiday is celebrated here at the national level, and the territory of Israel plays an important role in the Christian religion, and for believers it means a lot to meet Christmas in the place where Christ was born. This attracts thousands of pilgrims and ordinary travelers to Israel during the Christmas period.
Bethlehem becomes the main destination for Christmas. Here you can witness the traditional festive service in the Basilica of the Nativity of Christ. A huge Christmas tree is set up on the church square, near which the church choir sings psalms, and especially religious tourists can sing with him. Of course, the celebration is not limited to just one square, a unique Christmas atmosphere reigns throughout the city, Christmas trees are everywhere, illuminating the night landscapes with colorful lights, endless showcases with festive goods offer souvenirs. Endless reporters everywhere share the festive mood prevailing in Israel with various countries of the world, and the Christmas service itself, which brings together representatives of different religions, is broadcast throughout the country. It takes place in the Upper Cathedral Church, Catholicon and in the cave of the Nativity. An obligatory rite that all pilgrims strive to do after the ceremony is to venerate the Star of Bethlehem in the cave where the Messiah was born.
Church Square, Bethlehem
Outside Bethlehem Christmas services are held taking into account both the Catholic (December 25) and Orthodox (January 7) calendar in such places, as the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, Nazareth and other large cities of Israel, where Christian communities are well represented. Children are actively involved in festive events: Sunday schools organize matinees and street fairs.
The traditions of celebrating Christmas at home are very dependent here on where the Christians themselves come from, whom fate brought to Israel. Table decorations, cuisine, religious rituals and a festive atmosphere: everyone is trying to do as in their homeland. True, sometimes you have to adjust to the food and climate of Israel.
It is also worth noting that on Christmas days the Israelites have another holiday - Hanukkah, which some people confuse with Christmas. So, these two events have nothing in common. Hanukkah is a holiday of renewal, purification and light. Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday of candles that are lit in honor of a miracle,
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Topic: How Christmas is celebrated and celebrated in Israel. Christmas traditions in Israel.