Photo Essay: Christmas in Palestine 2018

December 20, 2018 IMEU
Photo Essay: Christmas in Palestine 2018

Bethlehem: A Palestinian family takes a photo in front of the Christmas tree during the lighting ceremony.

Bethlehem: A Palestinian family poses for a photograph in front of Bethlehem’s Christmas tree.

Beit Jala, Bethlehem: Ghadeer Karoufeh helped organize an annual Santa Run in the occupied Palestinian village of Beit Jala. The race includes people of all ages dressing up in Santa costumes. “St. Nicholas was believed to have lived in Beit Jala. People are trying to preserve the village’s heritage. Here, people can feel the spirit of Christmas.”

Jerusalem: A shot of a Jerusalem street decorated with Christmas lights.

Jerusalem: A Palestinian child poses with a clown after getting her face painted during Christmas celebrations.

Jerusalem: A Palestinian child sits among Christmas lights.

Nazareth: A Palestinian man and child pose for a photo during the Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

Nazareth: A Palestinian child plays with lights during the Christmas tree lighting ceremony. 

Nazareth: Leen Shomar, a Palestinian mother of two, always keeps her home open during Christmas. “My home is open to everyone...it is important to keep our Christmas tradition alive. To me, Christmas is all about family and home.”

Nazareth: Leen Shomar’s daughter sits with her friends in her family’s home during Christmas celebrations.

Ramallah: Palestinian families take photos of fireworks during the Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

Ramallah: A Palestinian child wearing a Santa hat watches the Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

 

Photos by Alaa Daraghme/IMEU