Wednesday, December 21
Christmas Tree Lighting in Aleppo: Light drives out darkness
RT reported yesterday that for the first time since 2012 Azizieh Square in W. Aleppo city held its Christmas tree lighting. There was an explosion of unknown origin in the background a few minutes later but it didn't stop the celebration.
"Balconies of houses around the square were festooned with Syrian and Russian flags, as hundreds of members of the Christian minority of what was once Syria’s biggest city, celebrated a symbolic return to normality, following the recapture of the city by government forces earlier in December."
"A brass band played seasonal standards, and many filmed the ceremony – an unusual sign of ordinary civilian life – on their smartphones."
It's a great moment when the gigantic tree is lit up, along with many lights all around the square.