Iraq has designated Christmas as a legal holiday and erected a 26-meter-high Christmas tree to commemorate peace.

In Baghdad, the capital of Iraq, local authorities set up a large decorative Christmas tree in al-Zawra Park Square.
Shortly after celebrating the first anniversary of the victory over the extremist organization "Islamic State" (ISIS), the Iraqi government recently announced another measure to make Christmas a national legal holiday for the first time.
According to a report by CNN on December 25th, the Iraqi government recently issued a statement saying that the legislature recently voted to pass an amendment to the national holiday law, stipulating that Christmas is a national holiday for all Iraqis.
The Iraqi government also issued a message on the official Twitter, "Merry Christmas to all Christians, and Merry Christmas to all Iraqis and all those who celebrate Christmas around the world."
On December 9, 2017, the Iraqi government officially announced that the country had won a "historic victory" against the extremist organization ISIS. In 2014, ISIS once controlled about one-third of Iraq’s territory, occupied Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq, and declared "the founding of the country" there. After more than three years of hard work, Iraqi government forces recovered all the territories controlled by ISIS in 2017. Because many groups, including Christians, suffered cruel persecution during the ISIS occupation and the long-term poor security situation in the local area, this is the first time that local people have publicly celebrated this festival on a large scale for many years.
A year after the defeat of ISIS, the security threat in Iraq is at its lowest level in years. According to the statistics of the United Nations Mission in Iraq, the number of casualties nationwide in November was the lowest in six years.
According to the Arab News Network, on the 25th, in the capital Baghdad, Christians held a celebration mass early in the morning, and local authorities set up a large decorative Christmas tree in the main square to prepare for the large-scale Christmas celebration. At the same time, troops were deployed near churches, shopping malls and main squares to prevent potential terrorist attacks.
In the last week of December, war-torn Iraqis are seizing the rare "peaceful period" for many years and returning to normal life. Many local clubs, cafes and shopping malls in Baghdad have held various New Year celebration parties.
"This is an opportunity to celebrate the New Year with my family and spend time with them," Rawaa Abdulridha, a young Iraqi lawyer, told Arab News. "We are eager to be happy. We are exhausted, because war and death have been occupying our streets for many years, and now it is time to cheer. "
On the 24th, the Iraqi government erected a 26-meter-high Christmas tree in a theme park in the capital Baghdad, which is considered as the largest Christmas tree in Iraq.
Park management official Qais Adnan told the Associated Press that the tree was built to "celebrate the religious diversity in Iraq", especially after ISIS persecuted religious minorities and tens of thousands of people fled their homes.
Last December, an Iraqi businessman named Yassir Saad proposed to build the tree in a gesture of cross-religious unity during the celebration. The businessman told the Associated Press at the time that the purpose of the tree was to unite brothers of different faiths during the festival celebrations and help Iraqis not forget their suffering.
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