The 25th of December is truly a global holiday. People all over the world celebrate it irrespective of their religious affiliation.
The location of the holiday, which was not by accident but design, towards the end of the year, makes it easier to celebrate it as a season of holidays whether you’re a Christian or not.
And for some Muslims in Lebanon, they have decided to enjoy the season to the max, the New York Times reports.
A ceremony was held at the Iranian embassy in Lebanon, where the Iranian cultural attache gave a speech celebrating Christmas and declaring it not just a Christian holiday.
During the event, the halls were decked with Christmas decorations, with a Christmas tree sitting right beside a portrait of Ayatollah Khamenei, the current supreme leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
“Today, we’re celebrating the birth of Christ,” the cultural attaché, Mohamed Mehdi Shari’tamdar, said, speaking into a microphone, “and also the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.”
“Hallelujah!” boomed another speaker, Elias Hachem, reciting a poem he had written for the event. “Jesus the savior is born. The king of peace, the son of Mary. He frees the slaves. He heals. The angels protect him. The Bible and the Quran embrace.”
A third speaker said: “We’re celebrating a rebel”, Jesus Christ, of course.
Even a family of Muslims were not left out of the act. The Times spoke to a mum who visited a mall to shop for her kids ahead of the holiday. Ms. Zay’our has decorated a Christmas tree in her room as her family partakes in all the rituals associated with the holiday.
“Jesus isn’t only for the Christians,” Ms. Zay’our told the Times.
On the 25th of December, with Christians all over the world celebrating the birth of Christ, Muslims are getting in on the act too.