Haifa, Israel’s third largest city, is a symbol of religious coexistence. Every year in December, it marks The Holiday of Holidays – a celebration of a harmonious relationship between monolithic religions of the area.

The Holiday of Holidays in Haifa

 

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The city of Haifa, Israel’s third largest city, is a symbol of religious coexistence. It is no surprise then that every year in December, it marks The Holiday of Holidays – a celebration of a harmonious relationship between monolithic religions of the area.

The tradition began in December 1993, a year when three holidays – Chanukah, Christmas and Ramadan – happened to take place during the same month. The Beit Hagefen Arab Jewish Center and the Haifa Municipality initiated the festival in order to promote tolerance and mutual respect among religions in the city through art and culture. Every year tens of  thousands of visitors come to take part in the colorful and joyful street celebration that combines art, music, theater, children’s shows, fairs, conferences, concerts and outdoor events and fine Mediterranean cuisine.

Festival visitors sample traditional delights, listen to musicians perform and enjoy art shows and exhibitions.