Photos :: Christmas in Palestine 2012

Photos :: Christmas in Palestine 2012

Dec 11 2012 - Bethlehem celebrates Christmas tree lighting Photo by Ahmed Mazhar- WAFA

Dec 11 2012 – Bethlehem celebrates Christmas tree lighting Photo by Ahmed Mazhar- WAFA

Dec 11 2012 – Bethlehem celebrates Christmas tree lighting Photo by Ahmed Mazhar- WAFA

Dec 11, 2012 Wafa – Beit Sahour preparing for Christmas

Dec 12 2012 Ramallah – Christmas tree lighting Photo by Mohamed Farrag/WAFA

Dec 14 2012 – Bethlehem – The final touches to decorate the Christmas tree in Bethlehem Photo by Ahmed Mazhar – WAFA

Jerusalem – Project to preserve Palestinian cultural heritage in the Gethsemane Church Photo by Afif Emera – WAFA

Dec 15 2012 – Nablus – Christian community light the Christmas tree in preparation for Christmas celebrations Photo by Ayman Nubana – WAFA

Bethlehem – Christmas tree lighting celebration in Manger Square Photo by Ahmed Mazhar – WAFA

Bethlehem – Christmas tree lighting celebration in Manger Square Photo by Ahmed Mazhar – WAFA

Preparations for Christmas in Gaza – Dec 16, 2012 Photo by Majdi Fathi

Preparations for Christmas in Gaza – Dec 16, 2012 Photo by Majdi Fathi

Festivities in advance of Christmas in Jerusalem – Dec 16, 2012 Photo by WAFA

Dec 16 2012 Bethlehem – Photo by Xinhua

Dec 19 2012 – Carvers create religious figures in olive wood for Christmas – Bethlehem – Photo by Ahmed Mazhar / WAFA

Dec 19 2012 – Carvers create religious figures in olive wood for Christmas – Bethlehem – Photo by Ahmed Mazhar / WAFA

Dec 20 2012 Christmas in Beit Sahour Photo by WAFA

Dec 21 2012 Ramallah at Night

A Palestinian carpenter carves wooden statues of the Virgin Mary and Jesus in a workshop, ahead of Christmas in the West Bank town of Bethlehem December 21, 2012. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

A Greek Orthodox priest walks inside the Church of the Nativity, the site revered as the birthplace of Jesus, ahead of Christmas in the West Bank town of Bethlehem December 22, 2012. REUTERS/Ammar

A man sits inside the Church of the Nativity, the site revered as the birthplace of Jesus, ahead of Christmas in the West Bank town of Bethlehem December 22, 2012. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Bethlehem (—), 23/12/2012.- A Christian clergy finishes cleaning the ‘Grotto,’ or cave, where Christians believe the Virgin Mary gave birth to Jesus Christ, in the Church of the Nativity, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, 23 December 2012. The church is one of the oldest in the world, and pilgrims, tourists and Christian faithful are flocking to the town where Jesus was born in the lead up to the Christmas festivities. EFE/EPA/JIM HOLLANDER

Christian worshipers visit the Church of Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, ahead of Christmas, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi) AP

JER03. Bethlehem (-), 23/12/2012.- A Christian pilgrim prays on her knees along ancient oil paintings of Mary with the Baby Jesus in the ‘Grotto,’ or cave, where Christians believe the Virgin Mary gave birth to Jesus Christ, in the Church of the Nativity, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, 23 December 2012. EFE/EPA/JIM HOLLANDER

A Palestinian dressed as Santa Claus rings a bell in the West Bank town of Bethlehem ahead of Christmas December 23, 2012. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Dec 23 2012 Ramallah Christmas in Palestine Photo by WAFA

Dec 24 2012 Bethlehem celebrations of Christmas Photo by Eyad Jadallah – WAFA

Dec 24 2012 Bethlehem celebrations of Christmas Photo by Eyad Jadallah – WAFA

Dec 24 2012, Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal going to Bethlehem as Christmas celebrations begin Photo by Afif Emera – WAFA

A man performs at the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, as he attends the Christmas celebrations in the West Bank biblical town of Bethlehem on Dec. 24, 2012. (Xinhua/Fadi Arouri)

Dec 24 2012 Christmas in Palestine Bethlehem

Dec 24 2012 Bethlehem – Square Nativity on Christmas Eve Photo by WAFA

Dec 24 2012 – Bethlehem – Patriarch Fouad Twal at Mass at the Church of the Nativity Photo by Eyad Jadallah

Dec 24 2012 Bethlehem – Square Nativity on Christmas Eve Photo by WAFA

Latin Patriarch of the Holy Land Fuad Twal, head of the Roman Catholic Church in the Palestinian territories, blesses the Church of the Nativity upon his arrival to attend the Christmas celebrations in West Bank town of Bethlehem on Dec. 24, 2012. (Xinhua/Fadi Arouri)

Dec 24 2012 A Nigerian pilgrim carries a child on her back as she visits Church of Nativity in Bethlehem

Dec 25, 2012 The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Twal carries a statuette of baby Jesus in Bethlehem

Dec 25 2012 A Palestinian girl receives communion from the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Twal at the Church of St. Catherine in Bethlehem on Christmas day

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