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With two major holidays this week, communities across Lebanon have begun their celebrations, spreading cheer from north to south. The holiday spirit is flourishing in Tripoli, the capital of the north. Christmas trees and decorations adorn the city, as it looks to move beyond a turbulent period in its history. There are a number of Christmas celebrations being held in the city, though no more than 3 percent of its residents are Christian. As Tripoli pulls itself together following a period of instability, the city is trying to catch up with other areas in the spread of holiday cheer. At the historic Beit al-Fan (House of Art), the Social Way Association is spreading holiday joy with a Christmas exhibition and daily musical activities.Eid said that with so many activities to attract people, residents will be even more encouraged to celebrate the holidays in their home town.The city's commercial souks are crowded with shoppers getting ready for the holidays. This year's spirit is reflected in the decorations around the city, part of a move launched by the Sidon and Suburbs Merchants' Associations.
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