Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian people in Iraq celebrate Christmas

BATNAYA and ALQOSH, Iraq — With the support of the Chaldean Church in Alqosh and efforts of the local youth, the Bethlehem Cave was inaugurated and Christmas tree erected in Alqosh in Nineveh Plains, Iraq.

The event was attended by Chaldean Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Alqosh Mor Bulos Thabet, members of clergy, and a large gathering of Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian believers from Alqosh and the surrounding villages.

At the beginning of the event, Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian women prepared traditional bread and sweets. The cave and tree were then officially opened as Christmas hymns were sung.

In related news, under patronage of Mor Bulos Thabet, the Bethlehem Cave was opened in Batnaya village in Nineveh Plains.

The cave was constructed in the middle of Batnaya village and smaller caves were placed around the village.

In one corner of the village, a mud oven was built to prepare bread which was distributed to the attendees.

The women wore traditional clothes, with children wearing Christmas outfits. Together, the village celebrated and sang hymns and songs.