Easter in Makassar Al-Yehud: a significant increase in the number of pilgrims.

Over 5,000 pilgrims from around the world arrived this week to immerse themselves in Makassar to Yehud, an event that corresponds by the IDF and the civil administration

תאריך: 12/04/2012, 16:01    
מחבר: פלורית שויחט, אתר צה”ל

At the same time for Passover, Christian witness celebrates Easter holiday: in the last two days have reached over 5,000 pilgrims from around the world to bathe and pray in a place that is considered the third holiest site in Christianity, include Al-Yehud, the Jordan Valley.
According to Christian tradition, Jesus was baptized, by John the Baptist, and Christians tend to dip in the Jordan River and pray. Compared to last year, an increase of almost twice the amount of visitors and the citizens expect more numbers will rise from the time to time.

The civil administration, the IDF and Israel Police conducted beforehand.
All three religious ceremonies were held to mark the holiday by three Christian denominations: Orthodox, Coptic and siranit, who came from many countries as Egypt, Italy, Sweden, Germany, etc. The ceremony was attended by the officials, and the head of the civil administration, Brig. Gen. Motti these comments and other representatives.

“In past ceremonies and ochbdat, and religious freedom to the Christian witness in our eyes,” said the IDF site head of DCL jeriko, Director Lieutenant Colonel RAM Falah, “I am convinced that the site will become a major focus for tourism in Jordan, and we anticipate that there will be a significant increase in visitors. He said the site will integrate the Christian tourist from Tiberias and Jerusalem, and opening the site freely without coordination with the IDF and renovations last year instead of only increase in popularity
. “We are with the nature reserve parks for absorption of worshippers and tourists many
In the future, and work with the Division to the credit Valley mines to settlement “, said Lieutenant Colonel Falah.

Now working in the dead of Jericho together with the Ministry of tourism, Ministry of religious services and nature reserves authority to expand the site to the benefit of the Congregation. Until January, would end the expansion car parks instead, and put three separate stone dead for them will witness the Congregation.

Translated from Hebrew