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It’s the ‘sweetest ever’ Christmas, the community says, as it marks the first time celebrations have been unrestricted since the Covid-19 pandemic



published: Sunday, December 25, 2022 at 5:04 pm

Last updated: Sunday, December 25, 2022 at 6:19 pm

Abu Dhabi’s Christian community celebrated Christmas in the sweetest way this year, with many finding it extra special after more than two years of restricted celebrations.

“Christmas marks the birth of Jesus Christ, and the holiday is extra special because it’s celebrated at home and in church with family, friends and believers,” said Jomit Joy, a member of a group of visiting families welcoming Christmas carols. festive mood.

“I am at the Holy Family Prayer Room in Baniyas. Our carols have been done online for the past two years, so meet people in their homes, spread the cheer and see the smiles on their faces It was fantastic. There was a caroling competition and both adults and children participated with enthusiasm.”

Newlyweds Ebin Scaria and Anu Varghese are delighted to celebrate their first Christmas in the UAE

Newlyweds Ebin Scaria and Anu Varghese are delighted to celebrate their first Christmas in the UAE

“I went to church for the first time since the pandemic started. We all prayed for love, peace and harmony. It felt special to share [the] Get in the festive spirit with thousands of other Christians in church.with [fact that this is the] My first married Christmas made it the most memorable Christmas ever,” Scalia said.

Anu joined her husband Scaria in Abu Dhabi recently and she was amazed by the scale of the celebrations in the UAE.

“It was my first time in the country. The atmosphere in the church was surreal, [immersive]. I really don’t like [I was] Miss any celebrations back home. Now I understand why expats call this their second home,” Anu said.

“We celebrate like one big family. Also, we [were able to] Attending church services without advance reservations or capacity caps, hundreds of worshipers come to celebrate the holiday as a family. We pray for a prosperous 2023 and remember the poor and those affected by conflict. “

Jomit emphasized that the festival brought people together, adding that she also made new friends.

“It’s a party after such a long time. It’s like reliving the good old days. Ever since it [came] Rear [such] This Christmas is the sweetest and most memorable in a long time [ever],” Jomit added.

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