It is the first time since the beginning of the conflict in Syria when the Christians living in Aleppo have been able to celebrate Christmas openly. The population of the city also celebrates the complete liberation of Aleppo, which has come under the full control of Syrian army last week. However, the residents still remember militants and their cruelty towards religious minorities.
Hundreds of people celebrated and danced under a giant decorated Christmas tree lit up for the first time in five years in the Azizya neighborhood. For a great number of people a dream of peaceful life has come true and the current Christmas proofs this fact.
Syrian President Bashar Assad congratulated Christians on their holiday, while visiting the Saidnaya convent which is located in the northern part of Damascus. Bashar Assad was accompanied by his wife and children.
According to the Gregorian calendar, all Syrian Christians mark Christmas both Catholic and Orthodox.