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The holiday of holidays in the new format in the German colony - a photo tour of this huge event

The holiday of holidays - a photo tour

The holiday of holidays was held this year in an updated format - the main stage and most of the shows took place in the German Colony and Wadi Nisnas was also filled to capacity. About 142,000 people arrived on the first Saturday and about 240,000 people on the second Saturday.

For a carnival that has not yet been seen here in the city of Haifa • A winning format.

The German colony is full of one hundred thousand people - the holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (Photo: Yaron Karmi)
The German colony is full of one hundred thousand people - the holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (Photo: Yaron Karmi)

It's hard to believe that there are Haifaites who didn't make it to the celebration, but if there are still some who missed it - this article is for you.

We will start the photo tour from Wadi Nisnas and continue from there to the German colony

In Wadi Nisnas there was a performance of the birth of Christ

Bethlehem performance - Birth of Jesus - The holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (Photo: Yaron Karmi)
Bethlehem performance - Birth of Jesus - The holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (Photo: Yaron Karmi)

In Wadi, food stalls opened on every corner. The smells of barbecues mingled with the aromas of roasted chestnuts. For a moment it seemed that every business had a barbecue.

Butlers Abu Shakara put out a huge facility for grilling meat and a DJ at the street, who bombarded the street with cheerful music.

The barbecue of Itliz Abu Shakara - the holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (photo: Yaron Karmi)
The barbecue of Itliz Abu Shakara - the holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (photo: Yaron Karmi)
Italiz's DJ Abu Shakara - the holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (photo: Yaron Karmi)
Italiz's DJ Abu Shakara - the holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (photo: Yaron Karmi)
Crazy carnival in front of Itliz Abu Shakara - Wadi Nisnas - the holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (photo: Yaron Karmi)
A crazy carnival in front of Itliz Abu Shakara - Wadi Nisnas - the holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (photo: Yaron Karmi)

 

Tens of thousands thronged Wadi Nisnas

Although the main stage was in the German colony, but if we thought that this would reduce the number of visitors to the Wadi, then we were wrong. The wadi was packed to capacity with tens of thousands at a time. Everyone came to taste and smell the flavors of Haifa Arab cuisine.

Wadi Nisnas in Haifa: Tens of thousands spend the holiday of the holidays - 22/12/2018 (Photo: Yaron Karmi)
Wadi Nisnas in Haifa: Tens of thousands spend the holiday of the holidays - 22/12/2018 (Photo: Yaron Karmi)

All the meatballs eventually jumped into the pitas and from there they were quickly distributed to the crowds of revelers.

Grilled meatballs in Wadi Nisnas - the holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (Photo: Yaron Karmi)
Grilled meatballs in Wadi Nisnas - the holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (Photo: Yaron Karmi)
Peppers stuffed with rice - for the sake of Haifa Arab cuisine - the holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (Photo: Yaron Karmi)
Peppers stuffed with rice - for the sake of Haifa Arab cuisine - the holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (Photo: Yaron Karmi)
Candied apples on a stick - the holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (photo: Yaron Karmi)
Candied apples on a stick - the holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (photo: Yaron Karmi)

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Among the crowds of Israelis, you could also see organized groups, who traveled with guides, who talked to the travelers in a tangle of languages.

A tour guide explains to the group about the eggplant in Yarkanya in Wadi Nisnas in Haifa - the holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (Photo: Yaron Karmi)
A tour guide explains to the group about the eggplant in Yarkanya in Wadi Nisnas in Haifa - the holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (Photo: Yaron Karmi)

 

Amidst all the chaos, it was a little surprising to see some who continued the routine of life and went to buy fresh vegetables and fruits in Yarkanya in Wadi Nisnas

Women buy vegetables in Wadi Nisnas during a festival - the holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (Photo: Yaron Karmi)
Women buy vegetables in Wadi Nisnas during a festival - the holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (Photo: Yaron Karmi)

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The Haifa police played it big with increased forces and managed to pass this huge event quietly and peacefully

Masses of armed police patrolled the revelers. Among them you could also be seen Outstanding Patrol Policeman Shalom Shulimovich, who led a foot patrol force in Wadi Nisnas.

Shalom Sholimovich - the outstanding patrol policeman - secures the holiday of holidays (photo: Yaron Karmi)
Shalom Sholimovich - the outstanding patrol policeman - secures the holiday of holidays (photo: Yaron Karmi)

 

Ziva Yuskovich The police officer of the Sheprintak neighborhood positioned herself with her new mobile at the entrance to the Wadi on Sderot Zion Street and directed the traffic. Sderot Zionion became a pedestrian street in the section below Beit HaHafen. As you remember, a few weeks ago we reported here about the new mobility that replaced the scooters.

Ziva Yoskovich, the police officer of the Shaprintsak neighborhood (Photo: Yaron Karmi)
Ziva Yoskovich, the police officer of the Shaprintsak neighborhood (Photo: Yaron Karmi)

 

The bands were organized in the streets near the German colony

A traditional dance troupe organizes for a show on the outskirts of the German colony - the holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (Photo: Yaron Karmi)
A traditional dance troupe organizes for a show on the outskirts of the German colony - the holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (Photo: Yaron Karmi)
A traditional dance troupe organizes for a show on the outskirts of the German colony - the holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (Photo: Yaron Karmi)
A traditional dance troupe organizes for a show on the outskirts of the German colony - the holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (Photo: Yaron Karmi)

 

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The main streets were closed to vehicular traffic and turned into a pedestrian street.

Pedestrian street on Zion Avenue - the holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (Photo: Yaron Karmi)
Pedestrian street on Zion Avenue - the holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (Photo: Yaron Karmi)
Pedestrian street on Zion Avenue - the holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (Photo: Yaron Karmi)
Pedestrian street on Zion Avenue - the holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (Photo: Yaron Karmi)

 

The Bahá'í Gardens opened their gates to crowds of visitors in the lower section. The entrance was from the direction of the German colony.

The Bahá'í gardens on the holiday of the holidays - the holiday of the holidays - 22/12/2018 (photo: Yaron Karmi)
The Bahá'í gardens on the holiday of the holidays - the holiday of the holidays - 22/12/2018 (photo: Yaron Karmi)

Anyone who tried to drive his car through the streets near the German colony encountered serious difficulties. All the nearby streets were completely congested and so was Hafen Street in the picture.

Hagafen Street was one big traffic jam and so were all the nearby streets for the celebration - the holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (Photo: Yaron Karmi)
Hagafen Street was one big traffic jam and so were all the nearby streets for the celebration - the holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (Photo: Yaron Karmi)

 

The German Colony - a huge and crowded pedestrian street during the holiday of the holidays

Emily Gore from Tel Aviv looks at the crowd from the height of her father's shoulders. The German colony was crowded with close to a hundred thousand people.

Emily Gore from Tel Aviv watches the huge crowd on the holiday in Haifa over her father's shoulders (Photo: Yaron Karmi)
Emily Gore from Tel Aviv watches the huge crowd on the holiday in Haifa over her father's shoulders (Photo: Yaron Karmi)
The German colony is full of one hundred thousand people - the holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (Photo: Yaron Karmi)
The German colony is full of one hundred thousand people - the holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (Photo: Yaron Karmi)
And another photo of the star of the article - adapted from a photo by Aki Flexer - Emily Gore from Tel Aviv watching the huge crowd on the holiday of the holidays in Haifa over her father's shoulders (photo: Yaron Karmi)
And another photo of the star of the article - adapted from a photo by Aki Flexer - Emily Gore from Tel Aviv watching the huge crowd at the holiday of the holidays in Haifa over her father's shoulders (photo: Yaron Karmi)

Some of the celebrants, Jews, Muslims and Christians, wore the famous Santa hats and other Christmas accessories and painted the street iridescent red

A girl with a Christmas hat - the holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (photo: Yaron Karmi)

 

The residents who live in the area were under a siege that lasted for two weekends, but they seemed to be flowing with the situation with a lot of patience.

A resident watches the crowd - the German colony - the holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (Photo: Yaron Karmi)
A resident watches the crowd - the German colony - the holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (Photo: Yaron Karmi)

The peace drum band performed on the main stage. The band combines Jewish and Arab schools, including the school in Evelin and Leo Buck in Haifa. The band performs around the world and recently performed at the evening commemorating the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht in Germany.

Drummers from the band "Tommy HaShalom" - the holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (Photo: Yaron Karmi)
Drummers from the band "Tommy HaShalom" - the holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (photo: Yaron Karmi)

 

At 17:45 a spectacular fireworks show began and the eyes of the huge crowd were turned to the sky. Alongside them were the smartphone lenses, which created tens of thousands of gigabytes of video at the same time...

Eyes to the sky at the fireworks show - the holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (Photo: Yaron Karmi)
Eyes to the sky at the fireworks show - the holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (photo: Yaron Karmi)
Fireworks show - the holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (photo: Yaron Karmi)
Fireworks show - the holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (Photo: Yaron Karmi)

 

The spectators come in procession:

Pale Scouts, Maronite Scouts and Carmel Scouts marched in the center of the German colony in a march accompanied by drumming. They waved the flags of the scouts and received the applause of the audience and the encouragement of the announcer from the main stage.

The scouts come to Aya in procession - the holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (Photo: Yaron Karmi)
The scouts come to Ayia in a procession - the holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (Photo: Yaron Karmi)

Crowds bought balloons, various light toys and Christmas hats

Balloons and light decorations - the holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (Photo: Yaron Karmi)
Balloons and light decorations - the holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (photo: Yaron Karmi)
Balloons and light decorations - the holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (Photo: Yaron Karmi)
Balloons and light decorations - the holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (photo: Yaron Karmi)

Many food stands were opened in the German colony, but these were less authentic than the Wadi and more commercialized. That didn't stop Alfie from dining on street food.

Boiling sausage coated with a crispy coating - the holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (Photo: Yaron Karmi)
Boiling sausage coated with a crispy coating - the holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (photo: Yaron Karmi)
Cotton candy on a stick - the holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (Photo: Yaron Karmi)
Cotton candy on a stick - the holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (photo: Yaron Karmi)
Fast food stand - the holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (photo: Yaron Karmi)
Fast food stand - the holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (photo: Yaron Karmi)

In the evening, the churches in the area were lit up with thousands of twinkling lights

The Prophet Elijah Cathedral on Ein Dor Street in Haifa is illuminated with thousands of twinkling lights - the holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (Photo: Yaron Karmi)
The Prophet Elijah Cathedral on Ein Dor Street in Haifa is illuminated with thousands of twinkling lights - the holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (Photo: Yaron Carmi)
St. Joseph's Church on Sderot Maginim in Haifa - lit up for Christmas - the holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (Photo: Yaron Karmi)
St. Joseph's Church on Sderot Maginim in Haifa - lit up for Christmas - the holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (Photo: Yaron Karmi)

A time for fun is also a time for hugs

See you next holiday... Yaron Karmi

The holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (photo: Yaron Karmi)
The holiday of holidays - 22/12/2018 (photo: Yaron Karmi)

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