Memories of a murderous Christmas
January 9, 2014 11:27
The merriment of Jaffa’s annual Christmas parade is marred by last year’s tragic death of one of the Orthodox community’s most beloved leaders.
Christians in Israel celebrating Christmas.
(photo credit:Tsvi Dahan)
The smorgasbord of imagery at this year’s
Christmas parade in Jaffa on Sunday made for a strange amalgamation of merriment
and a distinct sense of the bizarre. Children in all manner of fancy dress –
from Disney characters to polar bears to angels – marched alongside giant
inflatable Santas, mechanical dolls, a full brass band and even a vintage car
carrying a princess, as they made their way down the length of Jaffa’s main
thoroughfare, Yefet Street.Thousands of Christians from all over the
country descended on the coastal city to partake in the parade which takes place
every year on the eve of January 6, the day before Christmas according to the