Dancers celebrate during a Christmas tree lighting in downtown Beirut. (Jamal Saidi / REUTERS)

Lebanon POW: 18 – 24 December

Christmas is the one time of year when people of all religions come together to worship Jesus Christ. — Bart Simpson.

Dancers celebrate during a Christmas tree lighting in downtown Beirut. (Jamal Saidi / REUTERS)

Dancers celebrate during a Christmas tree lighting in downtown Beirut. (Jamal Saidi / REUTERS)

Members of a Lebanese water ski club wearing a Santa Claus costume, one with a national flag, perform in the bay of Jounieh, north of the Lebanese capital Beirut. (PATRICK BAZ / AFP)

Members of a Lebanese water ski club wearing a Santa Claus costume, one with a national flag, perform in the bay of Jounieh, north of the Lebanese capital Beirut. (PATRICK BAZ / AFP)

Lebanese families gather next to a giant Christmas tree in front Al-Amin Mosque during the event 'Beirut Christmas carnival' organized by Beirut municipality in Beirut, Lebanon. Beirut is one of the most religiously diverse cities of the Middle East with big Christians and Muslim communities. (NABIL MOUNZER / EPA)

Lebanese families gather next to a giant Christmas tree in front Al-Amin Mosque during the event ‘Beirut Christmas carnival’ organized by Beirut municipality in Beirut, Lebanon. Beirut is one of the most religiously diverse cities of the Middle East with big Christians and Muslim communities. (NABIL MOUNZER / EPA)

A man dressed in a Santa Claus outfit rides on a horse cart past Lebanese soldiers patrolling a street, during celebrations for Christmas in Tripoli, northern Lebanon. (Omar Ibrahim / REUTERS)

A man dressed in a Santa Claus outfit rides on a horse cart past Lebanese soldiers patrolling a street, during celebrations for Christmas in Tripoli, northern Lebanon. (Omar Ibrahim / REUTERS)

A Syrian refugee child plays with his Christmas gift from the Alphabet organisation in Bar-Elias in the Bekaa valley. (Jamal Saidi / REUTERS)

A Syrian refugee child plays with his Christmas gift from the Alphabet organisation in Bar-Elias in the Bekaa valley. (Jamal Saidi / REUTERS)

Relatives and Muslim Sheikhs pray near coffins of Lebanese passenger Bilal al-Dehaini, his wife and his three children, who were among the Lebanese victims of Air Algerie flight AH5017 during their funeral in al-Kharayeb village, southern Lebanon. The Air Algerie flight crashed in July en route from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers with 110 passengers on board, an Algerian aviation official said. (Ali Hashisho / REUTERS)

Relatives and Muslim Sheikhs pray near coffins of Lebanese passenger Bilal al-Dehaini, his wife and his three children, who were among the Lebanese victims of Air Algerie flight AH5017 during their funeral in al-Kharayeb village, southern Lebanon. The Air Algerie flight crashed in July en route from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers with 110 passengers on board, an Algerian aviation official said. (Ali Hashisho / REUTERS)

A woman mourns outside an ambulance transporting the coffin of her relative, one of the Lebanese victims of the Air Algerie flight AH5017 crash, after the victims' bodies arrived at Beirut international airport. The Air Algerie flight crashed in July en route from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers with 110 passengers on board, an Algerian aviation official said. (Mohamed Azakir - REUTERS)

A woman mourns outside an ambulance transporting the coffin of her relative, one of the Lebanese victims of the Air Algerie flight AH5017 crash, after the victims’ bodies arrived at Beirut international airport. The Air Algerie flight crashed in July en route from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers with 110 passengers on board, an Algerian aviation official said. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)

Christians walk past, what is said to be the longest rosary in the world, following sunday mass at the Lebanese Maronite patriarchate in Bkerke, where the rosary was blessed by Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai. The rosary is 2km long and weighs around 1 and a half ton, it consists of 205 beads and 19 crosses joined together with rope. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP)

Christians walk past, what is said to be the longest rosary in the world, following sunday mass at the Lebanese Maronite patriarchate in Bkerke, where the rosary was blessed by Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai. The rosary is 2km long and weighs around 1 and a half ton, it consists of 205 beads and 19 crosses joined together with rope. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP)

A woman works inside a factory that processes Hashish in the Bekaa valley. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime ranked Lebanon in 2011 as one of the world's top five sources of cannabis resin. Economist Marwan Iskander said fully legalising the cannabis crop would help Bekaa and another impoverished part of Lebanon, the northern Akkar region, as well as contributing $400 million to the state budget and $2 billion to the wider economy at a time when Lebanon is struggling with the fallout of Syria's war. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)

A woman works inside a factory that processes Hashish in the Bekaa valley. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime ranked Lebanon in 2011 as one of the world’s top five sources of cannabis resin. Economist Marwan Iskander said fully legalising the cannabis crop would help Bekaa and another impoverished part of Lebanon, the northern Akkar region, as well as contributing $400 million to the state budget and $2 billion to the wider economy at a time when Lebanon is struggling with the fallout of Syria’s war. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)

Health Minister Wael Abu Faour inspects the warehouses at Beirut's airport, where in addition to the dirty floors and the unsafe storage of the goods, he revealed that some of the food products in storage had expired nearly 20 years ago.  (Mohammad Azakir / The Daily Star)

Health Minister Wael Abu Faour inspects the warehouses at Beirut’s airport, where in addition to the dirty floors and the unsafe storage of the goods, he revealed that some of the food products in storage had expired nearly 20 years ago. (Mohammad Azakir / The Daily Star)

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