Haifa celebrates cultural diversity

Published on Thursday, 27 December 2012 by Webmaster

Haifa celebrates cultural diversity
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.

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.

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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