Beit Jala, PalestineSt Nicholas Day
The Festival of St. Nicholas is held on December 19, St Nicholas’ Feast Day on the Julian Calendar. It begins with Divine Liturgy, where the Patriarch of Jerusalem presides, at the Greek Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas, lasting from 7:30 am until noon. A large street procession follows with scout groups and many activities. Roman Catholics and Lutherans join the Orthodox majority in this largely Christian town. Thousands come for the festival.