Christians in NE Syria observe Christmas

QAMISHLI, Syria (North Press) – On Sunday, hundreds of Christians in the cities of Hasakah and Qamishli, northeast Syria, celebrated Christmas by observing rituals, hymns and prayers in churches in both cities.

In the city of Qamishli, hundreds of Christians converged on Virgin Mary Church and the Evangelical Union Christian Church at the center of the city performing relevant rituals and prayers.

After observing religious rituals, Milad Subhi expressed his wishes of peace and security to prevail the region in the aftermath of the Turkish attacks recently and hard living conditions endured by people.

Similarly, Afram Berbil told North Press, “Current status of the affair do not preclude us from holding our religious festivities.”

Afram added, “No matter how hard conditions are, our God is greater than all conditions.”

In the city of Hasakah, hundreds took part in the celebrations held in the Saint George Cathedral for Orthodox Christians and recited prayers.

Bishop of Jazira and Furat regions, Morris Amsis, extended his congratulations to Christians all over the world wishing that peace and security prevail in Syria and the whole world.

George Dibo who attended rituals in the Cathedral told North Press, “In spite of hard living conditions, Syrians remain steadfast, as all denominations are celebrating today.”

Reporting by Nalin Ali/ Eva Amin