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Lighting a Christmas tree in the town of Al Mzineh in the western countryside of Homs

Homs, (ST) - With the approaching Christmas and New Year's Eve, people celebrating  in the town of Al-Mzineh in the western Homs countryside lit the Christmas tree in a distinctive atmosphere full of love and peace.

Hani Abboud, from the "Al-Mzineh Youth ", the event-organizing group, indicated that the town’s youths cooperated and gathered to equip and light the Christmas tree, "the Sixth Peace Tree", with the aim of spreading pleasure and bringing joy to the hearts of the people.

" Christmas atmosphere is full of joy, love and wishes that Syria and its people will remain well and live in peace", He added.

“ Art and Heritage “ Festivity in Lattakia

“Heritage is  an essential part of the national identity as it is important in understanding the history of any nation. Heritage is a common bond between individuals and an expression of their belonging to society.  It is a link between the people and the past, present and future”. Miss Rawan Al- Issa said in a statement to Syriatimes e-newspaper at the sideline of “ Art and heritage “ festivity held recently at Dar Al-Assad for culture and Arts in Lattakia province.  

The event  was organized by Peace Makers Civil Society Association in Lattakia governorate in cooperation with Directorate of Culture there and the  Children’s  Public Library Association, within the framework of Lattakia’s heritage festival recently held .  

Miss Al-Issa, who is the supervisor of the festivity and Head of social programs department at Peace Makers society stressed the importance of heritage preservation  and its civilizational dimension , indicating  preserving   cultural heritage is the enrichment of human culture by preserving cultural diversity. Heritage, with its cultural and social value, is an educational, scientific, artistic, cultural and social resource.  

She underlined that “ Art and Heritage” festivity aimed to highlight the Syrian deep-rooted heritage , raise awareness and promote the sense of responsibility towards preserving the heritage.

Celebrating Saint Barbara’s Day… Costumes and traditional foods in the town of Al-Mzineh in the western countryside of Homs

HOMS, (ST)- Bells rang and prayers were held in the Church of Our Lady of the Annunciation “Al Shahara” in the town of Al Mzineh in the western countryside of Homs, to revel in  Saint Barbara’s Day. Celebrations were held as children wore costumes, and wheat and sweets were distributed to the people on this occasion.

Father Boutros Hazouri, the pastor of the "AL-Shahara", Church indicated that on the 3 rd of December of every year, the villages of Wadi Al-Nadara, in all their churches and squares, celebrate the Barbara Festival in the church, pointing out that prayers were held and candles lit, hoping that God would protect Syria, its people and its leader.

National Day celebration to encourage reading kicks off in Homs

Homs, (ST)-The cultural center in Homs launched today the eighth celebration of the National Day for the Encouragement of Reading under the title “My Book is My Window of Letter and Color”.

The activities of the first day of the celebration held by the Ministry of Culture and the Homs Culture Directorate included reading stories written by children of the "Let's Read Together" team, poetic debates and a play for children highlighting the importance of reading, in addition to awareness sessions presented by the Youth Volunteer Team.

In a statement to SANA, Malak Yassin, Director of Children's Culture at the Ministry, said that the celebration is a result of the encouragement of reading project, which was launched by the Ministry of Culture at the beginning of this year in eight governorates in cooperation with the Regional Center for Early Childhood.

Syrian teacher Nagham Ali wins “Global Teacher Prize 2020” for her distinguished teaching skills

The International “Alert Knowledge Services” organization has announced that Syrian teacher Nagham Ali, from “Martyr Ahmad al-Shanbour School” in Tartous, has won the Global Teacher Prize for the Year 2020 and that she will be honored within an online ceremony on December 20.

In a statement to SANA, Nagham Ali said that she has been in contact with the organization since last November to provide it with online lessons showing innovative teaching methods. She pointed out that the organization is responsible for enhancing the efforts of teachers and rewarding them over making any positive change in their community. She added that all the lessons she presented have been subjected to international assessment not only in the field of singing but also in mathematics, noting that she also introduced her other skills, as she is a teacher as well as trainer in the developed curricula.

According to Ali, she won the prize thanks to her students who interacted with her and to the Ministry of Education, the Directorate of Education in Tartous and her school administration, which all provided her with necessary facilities and cooperated with her to present a distinguished performance in accordance with the organization’s standards. She noted that her greatest joy is to raise the Syrian flag at international forums.

Joan Torres tour to Syria 2019

From Eritrea to Sudan, Syria, and Pakistan, Joan Torres has been traveling to some of the most off the beaten track destinations on Earth since 2014. He is also the author of Against the Compass, an alternative travel blog, quite different from the rest, which aims at helping and inspiring you to do the same, always in a responsible way, with no rush, showing you the human side of the story and, above all, in a safe manner. It is noteworthy to mention that all the pictures accompanying my article are from Torres' Blog. 

In his personal travel blog Torres recites his adventures in Syria. The country had been in his plans for a very long time and finallyas it started to be easier for travelers come, he made the step. He spent one week there traveling independently and visited Damascus, Homs, and Aleppo. Torres recounts "It was an amazing experience, very enriching, as I met loads of Syrians who told me their side of the story, plus I got to visit ancient, marvelous sites that were a real blessing to my eyes."

Torres says a lot of peoples have been lately asking him: why they should visit Syria, and why he did? He clarifies that he has numerous reasons. First of all, in the last couple of years, he has been traveling all across the Middle East, so visiting Syria, one of the most fascinating countries in the region, had been in his travel plans for a very long time. Another even more important reason is that "Syria is a great country, home to one of the oldest civilizations ever, so visiting Syria from a tourism perspective is a must-do". Torres added. 

However, most people asking that question tend to refer more to the ethical aspect of traveling to Syria, as this is a war zone from where many people have been forced to escape in order to save their lives. Concerning that point Torres clearly states that "Well, I want you to know that I fully understand why someone would not want to visit a post-war zone because, truth be told, destroyed buildings and misery are not pleasant things to see. Nevertheless, the first thing you need to know is that I travel to learn and become wiser and, yes, I am interested in visiting a post-war zone, because this is living history and I wanted to see it with my own eyes, and not through a biased newspaper."

He believes as well that traveling to Syria with the sole objective of empathizing with the locals is a good thing, "as long as you are absolutely respectful about the crisis, there is nothing wrong with it.as he puts it.

Colors of Syria Bazaar to support children with Downs syndrome

Handicrafts, accessories, clothes and various things were displayed at the " Colors of Syria"  bazaar,  which was recently held for 3 days at the Sheraton Hotel in Damascus..

The revenues of the products that were made by 130 handicraft men and women and displayed in the three-day event will help support the "Sosiet Project for Children with Down Syndrome" at the Juthoor Association.