Thursday, January 03, 2008

New Year Celebrations In Basra

Almost everyone agrees that nothing would make Iraq a better place than reconciliation and burying the past. No power on Earth can bring peace to Iraq without achieving those two goals.

When Mayson and Osama were killed in Basra a few weeks ago, the Iraqi Christian community opted to cancel the Christmas celebrations. The city officials stepped in and convinced the community to celebrate the birth of Jesus despite the pain and sorrow. After all, how would parents explain to children the absence of the tree and family visits.

There was more than lip service during the season's celebrations at St. Teresa Chaldean Church in Basra as you see below.


Source: Ankawa Online
The chief of Basra's police forces attends the New Year mass at St. Teresa's Chaldean Church in Basra.



Source: Ankawa Online
The chief of Basra's police forces prays during the New Year mass at St. Teresa's Chaldean Church in Basra.


This brings me to the subject of Sarmad Ali, who wrote a blog entry in the Wall Street Journal claiming he didn't know when Christmas was celebrated until he moved to the U.S. in 2004. This is hard to believe considering the season's celebrations are well known among Iraqis. Baghdad Treasure explains it well in his latest blog entry.



Source: Ankawa Online
Happy New from the Basrawi Santa.

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