Christmas in Beirut

The people of Beirut, Lebanon, are dealing with their chronic political nervousness with bright lights and Christmas cheer. Sunni Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri lighted the huge Christmas tree downtown Beirut, and 120 other Christmas trees were spread through the capital. Lebanon consists of Christians, Sunni Muslims, Shiites, and Druze, and has a history of ecumenical respect for the rituals of other groups.

Christmas in Beirut

Christmas celebrations in Beirut

Here is a video report by Andrew Bossone on the second annual Christmas parade and lighting of the Christmas tree in Beirut:

5 Responses

  1. Thank you Professor Cole, for sharing this; particularly the video, but also for the reminder that: “Lebanon consists of Christians, Sunni Muslims, Shiites, and Druze, and has a history of ecumenical respect for the rituals of other groups.” This is a reality that inspires hope!
    Lou, SFO (Secular Franciscan Order)

  2. Once there was also a thriving Jewish community in Lebanon, well-integrated in society. It even grew after 1948. Years of conflict in Lebanon, however — civil war, the Israeli incursion in 1982 — led to mass emigration, so that today only a few Jews remain. But their story does demonstrate that Lebanon was once a model of multiculturalism. Professor Cole’s story reinforces that fact. If only all Middle East nations, including Israel, could follow Lebanon’s once vibrant example.

  3. It was nice watching this clip.. keep up the good work & keep us Lebanese overseas informed..

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