Christmas In Iraq :
Country Iraq has Muslim Majority. Christmas here is not celebrated like European and American countries but it is a big celebration here also in people. It is become quite typical after war of 2003 over there. Government of Iraq declares Christmas as official holiday in year 2008. Christians celebrate this festival with little bit of preparation. A calm and deeply traditional celebration without any loud and excitement is performed over there.
People of courtyard get together at common place ant prepare Christmas tree. One from children’s read the story of Jesus and other listen this story by holding lighted candles in their hands.
One tradition here is that at one corner a bonfire is created. It is believed that is this bonfire converts into ashes the coming year will bring prosperity and happiness to then. People wish to Jesus by jumping over these ashes three times. Visiting church and service over there is basic and important activity on this day.
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