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Old December 28th, 2017, 01:14 AM   #1
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Christmas lights in my hometown (2017/2018)

For those of you who remember, I have already posted many pictures of the Christmas season lights at the end of the thread dedicated to my town. Having bought a new phone in 2016 with a better camera than the one I had, and seeing the lights this year were even more impressive than usual, I decided to open a new thread specifically for them, starting with the smaller scale lights and decorations in various neighborhoods, and gradually moving on to the more impressive ones on the town's main landmarks. The numbered spots on the following map depict where every series of pictures was taken, and the corresponding numbers will be mentioned in red throughout the thread:

Zahle map (Christmas photos) by Wasso H., on Flickr

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The first structure to be put up this year was a Christmas tree made of beer bottles of an aggressively advertised brand, on the Central Boulevard:

Beirut Beer Christmas tree by Wasso H., on Flickr

Beirut Beer Christmas tree by Wasso H., on Flickr

Its appearance during the day may be a bit unassuming, but when lit at night the vibrant green color gives it that extra something it needs:

Beirut Beer Christmas tree (night) by Wasso H., on Flickr

Beirut Beer Christmas tree (night) by Wasso H., on Flickr

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Zahle being an overzealously religious town, shrines are literally on every corner, and some of them also get decorated, like this one, a short distance from the beer bottle tree:

Lit shrine by Wasso H., on Flickr

this bizarre one in Haoush ez Zaraane neighborhood:

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Shrine with Christmas decorations by Wasso H., on Flickr

and the large landmark shrine dedicated to St Rita in Mar Mtanous (St Anthony) neighborhood:

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St Rita shrine with Christmas decorations by Wasso H., on Flickr

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This religiousness also means that nativity scenes are set on almost every neighborhood square, together with other decorations. The one below is on the square right between the Haoush ez Zaraane and Midane neighborhoods:

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Nativity scene on square between Haoush ez Zaraane and Midane by Wasso H., on Flickr

while just below it, this large stone wall has been decorated with vibrant colorful lights:

Stone wall lit in vivid colors by Wasso H., on Flickr

Stone wall lit in vivid colors by Wasso H., on Flickr

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Further west, the main Midane square also hosts an impressively lit nativity scene:

Nativity scene on Midane main square by Wasso H., on Flickr

and the stone pines and bushes standing in it have also been decorated:

Decorated trees and shrubs on Midane main square by Wasso H., on Flickr

Decorated trees and shrubs on Midane main square by Wasso H., on Flickr

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Heading towards Muallaqa neighborhood, one can catch a glimpse of the dense lights on the Manara roundabout and the Central Boulevard (which we will get back to later on) reflecting in the Berdawni river:

View over the decorated Central Boulevard and Manara roundabout by Wasso H., on Flickr

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Further up, the esplanade in front of St Joseph Sakhra church offers a nice view of the town's lights, with the tower of Our Lady of Beqaa visible on the left:

View from St Joseph Sakhra church towards Zahle and the lit Our Lady of Beqaa tower by Wasso H., on Flickr

View from St Joseph Sakhra church towards Zahle and the lit Our Lady of Beqaa tower by Wasso H., on Flickr

and a different angle of the Manara roundabout and the Central Boulevard:

View from St Joseph Sakhra church towards the decorated Central Boulevard and Manara roundabout by Wasso H., on Flickr

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Inside the church is another nativity scene, lit in beautiful nacred tones:

Nativity scene in St Joseph Sakhra church by Wasso H., on Flickr

Nativity scene in St Joseph Sakhra church by Wasso H., on Flickr

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Nativity scene in St Joseph Sakhra church by Wasso H., on Flickr

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Very beautiful, thanks for sharing - and a Happy New Year to you
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Further down in Muallaqa neighborhood, we encounter the beautifully lit church of Saydet el Maounet (Our Lady who Assists):

Saydet el Maounet (Our Lady who Assists) church, Muallaqa by Wasso H., on Flickr

together with its annex:

Our Lady of Asssistance church annex, Muallaqa by Wasso H., on Flickr

and below them, this courtyard lit in vibrant pink and purple tones:

Decorated courtyard in Muallaqa by Wasso H., on Flickr

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A little further, the main square of Muallaqa has also been decorated:

Muallaqa main square decorated for Christmas by Wasso H., on Flickr

Muallaqa main square decorated for Christmas by Wasso H., on Flickr

and a rather impressive Christmas tree put up on it:

Christmas tree on Muallaqa main square by Wasso H., on Flickr

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Next to it is another yet nativity scene, lit in changing colors:

Christmas tree and nativity scene on Muallaqa main square by Wasso H., on Flickr

Christmas tree and nativity scene on Muallaqa main square by Wasso H., on Flickr

Christmas tree and nativity scene on Muallaqa main square by Wasso H., on Flickr

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On the same square stands the picturesque St Anthony Orthodox church, also lit in rainbow colors:

St Anthony church, Muallaqa by Wasso H., on Flickr

St Anthony church door and bell tower, Muallaqa by Wasso H., on Flickr

St Anthony church door and bell tower, Muallaqa by Wasso H., on Flickr

St Anthony church door and bell tower, Muallaqa by Wasso H., on Flickr

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A flight of steps takes us down to the Central Boulevard, on which we head upstream to those parts of the town closer to the mountain. We pass next to Centre Wardeh, one of Zahle's largest office building complexes, whose esplanade is lit in a seasonal vibrant green:

Centre Wardeh by Wasso H., on Flickr

Centre Wardeh by Wasso H., on Flickr

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Further up, next to the courthouse, is another well lit, albeit much smaller, office building:

Lit building in the courthouse area by Wasso H., on Flickr

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Next to it, the little choo choo train operated every year during the holiday season by Dar es Sadaqa (a local association) stops to take passengers:

The Dar es Sadaqa Christmas train by Wasso H., on Flickr

taking them on a ride along the Central Boulevard and the decorated town's main entrance road:

The Dar es Sadaqa Christmas train by Wasso H., on Flickr

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We pass the Beqaa Chamber of Commerce:

The Beqaa Chamber of Commerce by Wasso H., on Flickr

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and climb up the narrower streets of the Old Town, where these trees on a building's terrace stand out in the dark:

Lit trees on a building's terrace by Wasso H., on Flickr
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Great, very nice photos; well done, Wasabi-cat!
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Thank you, but you still haven't seen anything, the best is yet to come! Stay tuned
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How beautiful your town is all lit to the holidays, I'm impressed!

I've looked at your photos for the second time now, they are fantastic! Thank you for this wonderful Christmas photo set, I'm looking forward for more!

P.S. I liked that tiny picture of a cat holding a glass on your new Flickr account. What does he drink?
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