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Festive celebration in Haifa (archives) Photo: Yoav Glasner
Festive celebration in Haifa (archives) Photo: Yoav Glasner

Haifa celebrates cultural diversity

Annual festival aims to bring Arab and Jewish communities closer together, attracting some 200,000 people from across Israel and abroad

Published: 12.25.12, 13:02 / Israel Culture

VIDEO - A parade of performers dressed in costumes representing the season’s various holidays gathered in the northern city of Haifa for a festive celebration of the region’s religiously diverse community.


The annual festival, known as the Holiday of the Holidays, celebrates Christian Christmas, Muslim Eid al-Adha and Jewish Hanukkah.


Video courtesy of jn1.tv


Organizers say the event is meant to promote the religious and cultural diversity of Haifa, one of the country's few mixed Jewish-Arab cities.


Even President Shimon Peres found himself caught up in the Christmas spirit, joining a children’s choir for a classic holiday tune.


While the festival attracted plenty of Muslims residents this year, Eid al-Adha was not actually celebrated because it took place in October.


Still, the event was a success, with attendees lining up to chat with performers and take part in the celebration.


The annual festival, which aims to bring Arab and Jewish communities closer together, attracts some 200,000 people from across Israel and abroad.



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