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Iraq declares Christmas Day a public holiday

27 December, 2018, 08:18 | Author: Ted Wilson
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Any other atmosphere in Karachi, Pakistan ... reinforced security in front of this place of worship where hundreds of faithful from the small Christian community attend the midnight mass.

The Iraqi government has declared Christmas Day a national holiday across the country "on the occasion of the birth of Jesus Christ". December 25 also marks the beginning of the Holiday season, a time when most people take a break to spend time with their loved ones.

The mass prayers celebrations at Srinagar's Holy Family Catholic Church, a Roman Catholic Church located at Maulana Azad Road, began in the morning and ended up around 3:00 pm.

"Jesus Christ was born and preached peace in Israel".

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A traditional Christmas meal comprises of delicacies such as roasted turkey, gingerbread, roasted chicken, mince-pie, Christmas cake, pudding, eggnog, mashed potatoes and mulled wine. On the 6th January, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, the great feast that recalls the encounter of Jesus with the Magi of the East, who were Gentiles, people who were non-Jewish, who also represent us. It is called "advent" and it is a time of preparation for the arrival of the birth of Jesus Christ, and it consists of 4 weeks just before Christmas which symbolize four thousand years, as it passed from the creation of the world until Christ came, according to Bible.

Security has been beefed-up across the country to avoid any eventuality on the Christmas. They prayed for love and peace among the mankind as desired by Jesus Christ so that brotherhood could be promoted in the country which is dire need of hours.

Families and friends exchanged Christmas gifts among one another. "How meaningful it would be that we not only cherish life along the years by treasuring the presence of the elderly in our lives and ensure that they live their old age with dignity, but that we also cherish the baby in the mother's womb".

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