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Shepherds' Nights Festival 2010 in Beit Sahour, West Bank
Pictures from the first of the three nights (December 23 – 25, 2010) of Shepherds Nights Festival 2010, organised by the Palestinian Center for Rapproachement between People (PCR) and the Joint Advocacy Initiative (JAI), a program of the East Jerusalem and Shepherds' Field YMCAs.
The third annual Shepherds Nights Festival 2010 was held in Beit Sahour, Palestine. Beit Sahour is a mostly Christian village directly east of Bethlehem in the West Bank, Palestine. The town played a key role in the First and Second Intifadas, with local activists pioneering nonviolent resistance techniques. On December 23rd through 25th, 2010, Beit Sahour hosted Shepherd's Nights Festival to mark the Christmas holiday. The Festival is a family-friendly event with musical performers, dancers, local artisans and food vendors, a Santa Claus with gifts for children, and a candlelight procession through Beit Sahour on the final day to "Light a candle for the establishment of a Palestinian State." The three-day event is organized jointly by the Palestinian Center for Rapprochement between People (PCR) and the Joint Advocacy Initiative (JAI), a program of the East Jerusalem and Shepherds' Field YMCAs.
More video from 12/23/10 Shepherd's Nights Festival: http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2010/12/30/18667818.php
Awards were presented to civic people to honor local achievements.
The audio/visuals were of the highest caliber....one of the most startling elements to both my introduction to Middle Eastern culture and even now, is that I never cease to be amazed by how well cared for or respected I am. As opposed to the feeling that I am a burden to society I feel full of great worth in Arab-speaking countries. Shepherds Nights Festival 2010 was presented lavishly, volunteers from though out the community stepped up to produce this event. I will note here that the concert was free. This is a society where people respect themselves enough to spend what they have.