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Beirut Lights Its Main Christmas Tree and Pays Tribute to Jerusalem

As part of the celebrations, Beirut Chants paid tribute to Jerusalem singing 'Zahrat al-Mayaden' a song originally performed by Lebanese star Fayrouz, that is dedicated to the holy city

People take photos of fireworks during an event to turn on the lights of a Christmas tree in downtown Beirut on December 10, 2017
AFP PHOTO / Marwan TAHTAH

Fireworks illuminated the sky above central Beirut as the Lebanese capital kicked off the the Christmas season on Sunday.

Head of the Beirut municipality, Jamal Itani and members of the Lebanese parliament switched on the Christmas tree lights as a choir sang festive songs.

As part of the celebrations, Beirut Chants paid tribute to Jerusalem singing 'Zahrat al-Mayaden' a song originally performed by Lebanese star Fayrouz, that is dedicated to the holy city.

Beirut lights its main Christmas tree and pays tribute to Jerusalem Haaretz/Reuters

The tribute comes in light of US President Donald Trump's recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and that it will move its embassy there.

The move has been criticised by a number of countries including Lebanon.

Hundreds turned out for the festive event with some attendees describing the celebrations as a 'beautiful event' away from 'intolerance and war.'

The glittering Christmas tree is located near the Al-Amin Mosque and the Saint George Maronite Cathedral.