On occasion of Christmas … largest Christmas cave opened in Syria, Hama countryside

Hama, SANA-On the occasion of Christmas, the largest Christmas cave was opened today in Syria, in Mar Elias Roman Catholic Church in the town of Kafrbihm in Hama countryside, in the presence of official, religious and popular figures.

Father Nabil Nader, Pastor of the Roman Catholic Church in Kafrbihm, told SANA correspondent that the opening of the cave is a tradition which has been organized by religious and local figures in the town for 12 years.

He indicated that “The cave, which is an extension of the church, contains statues that symbolize the Christ and the Virgin, and a number of saints, in addition to decorative patterns and lanterns, lamps and balloons with various colors.”

Nader explained that the cave is witnessing a large number of visitors and guests from all over Syria to offer and exchange congratulations on the occasion of the holidays.

He added that the cave will continue to open its doors for visitors until the fifth of next month, pointing out that this year’s cave is an expression of happiness over the victories which have been achieved against terrorism.

George Sadi, from the locals of Kafrbihm, pointed out that the cave is part of the heritage of Syria, which is preserved by all its people as a one Syrian family celebrating its festivals at the churches and the mosques.

May Ziadeh, from Kafrbihm town, indicated that the opening of the Christmas cave today comes after preparations which took about 15 days for hosting these celebrations.

She added that the cave embraces statues and shapes inspired by this occasion and from the popular folklore of the people of the town of Kafrbihm.

Ruaa al-Jazaeri

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