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Citizens in Jerusalem Celebrate Ramadan around Giant Lantern | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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A Palestinian man decorates his shop near the entrance of the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, in the old city of Jerusalem, in preparation for Ramadan. (AFP)

London – Palestinians gather in the old city of Jerusalem to light a giant lantern on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan.

The traditional Ramadan lantern is 10 meters in height, making it the biggest in the holy city.

One of the organizers of the event said that it aims to bring people together to celebrate the holy month.

He told Reuters TV: “Today, this activity has a cultural goal which is the enhancement of the Palestinian identity here in Jerusalem. We all know that the lantern is one of Ramadan’s symbols, therefore, we hoped to revive these traditions.”

“We decided to prepare a number of lanterns and to gather young women and men so that we can revive our culture.”

Families gathered around the lantern to take photos and selfies and to partake in the celebrations.

Nasser Qoss, a Palestinian citizen from the old city brought his children to see the lantern.

He said: “First, we teach our kids the meaning of Ramadan. Then we teach them about the lantern, which the symbol of Ramadan.”

“These children are enjoying their freedom as the occupation is oppressing them. They breathe through these events that are organized by Jerusalem institutions.”

The lantern lightning event is among many cultural activities organized in the East Jerusalem during the fasting month.

The giant lantern, funded by the UNDP, was made with the participation of many local charity foundations in cooperation with many volunteers.