Celebrating Christmas in Damascus

Published December 24th, 2018 - 08:25 GMT

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By Ewelina Lepionko

This year's Christmas in Syria is a reminder  of the Christain holy festivities before war.

It is heartwarming with people peacefully partaking in early Christmas celebrations with singing carols in Damascus.

For the first time in over 7 years, residents of Syria’s Damascus can celebrate Christmas in their capital city without the fear of terrorism that loomed all over the country.

People dressed as Santa Claus gather around a Christmas tree in the capital' central neighbourhood of Qassaa to celebrate. Continue reading below »

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Festivities organized by the Action Project to celebrate Christmas and the New-Year in Damascus (Twitter)
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Syrian people dressed as Santa Claus walk in the capital Damascus' central neighbourhood of Qassaa to celebrate Christmas early on December 22, 2018. 
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Syrians pose for a picture as they gather around a Christmas tree in the capital Damascus' central neighbourhood of Qassaa on December 21, 2018. 
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Syrians shop at a marketplace in the old city of Damascus (Twitter)

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Festivities organized by the Action Project to celebrate Christmas and the New-Year in Damascus (Twitter)

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Syrian people dressed as Santa Claus walk in the capital Damascus' central neighbourhood of Qassaa to celebrate Christmas early on December 22, 2018. 
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Syrian people dressed as Santa Claus walk in the capital Damascus' central neighbourhood of Qassaa to celebrate Christmas early on December 22, 2018. 
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Syrians pose for a picture as they gather around a Christmas tree in the capital Damascus' central neighbourhood of Qassaa on December 21, 2018. 
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Festivity organized by the action project to celebrate Christmas and the New-Year in Damascus (Twitter)

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The biggest Christmas tree in Damascus, standing over 30 meters tall, was lit up at Abbasiya Square as part of a festivities organized by the Action Project to celebrate Christmas and the New-Year.

As Christmas and the New Year approach, Syrians in Damascus shopped for gifts, candies and decorations at marketplaces.

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