Holy Week Celebrations – Take I

The Holy Week has always been a special time for me. I usually end up so exhausted and sometimes sick after Easter passes and I need a vacation all over again 🙂

I enjoy attending and chanting at all the services of the week which are held daily and sometimes twice a day. (More about chanting in my other blog).

In addition to my church obligations there are the family obligations from shopping for clothes to dying eggs and taking the kids to egg hunts, and more.

I will try to reflect some parts of the Holy Week activities from Ramallah, Palestine through pictures in the next few blog posts. I hope you enjoy them!

— Jack Rabah

The old streets of Jerusalem

Walking the streets of the old city of Jerusalem is an amazing experience; mixing heritage, history, religion, culture, occupation, and business in one big salad bowl. Everyone should try it at least once in their lifetime!

Here are a few photos I shot a couple of years ago in the Holy city:

— Jack Rabah

Coming again this Summer

I had heard for years about the Birzeit Heritage Week festival, but didn’t get a real introduction to it until last year. Most interesting for me was the opening ceremony with the Palestinian wedding celebration. Every year, a couple who are planning to get married, or who just got married, celebrate their wedding with a traditional celebration in the streets of the old city of Birzeit.

I’m looking forward to another season of Birzeit Heritage Week in a couple of months. I will be there with my camera and kids. Hope to see you there!

— Jack Rabah

This is how we do it!

I mentioned in my last blog how crazy last week was at work, but didn’t elaborate much on what kept me up so many nights. I work with an advertising and public relations agency called Al Nasher. Besides my core tasks as business development director, I enjoy planning and leading big projects to completion. Last week’s project was the exhibition design and implementation for Welfare Association‘s 30th Anniversary (#welfare30).

We had only 20 hours to install all the displays about Welfare’s 30 years of history, publications, success stories, films, photos, and an elaborate Palestinian spring area for visitors coming back to Palestine for the first time in so many years. After the celebration ended and everyone went home, we were back on site uninstalling everything and shipping parts of the displays to another location for a fund raising dinner taking place the next day. When we say to our clients that Al Nasher is a “We can do it!” team, we are not lying. I think I will stop my marketing pitch now, I just can’t help it 🙂

Here are some photos of the work we designed and installed for the event:

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— Jack Rabah

Catch of the day!

Finally, and after two crazy weeks at work, I have time to go spend the weekend in Jericho and take a few shots here and there.

This time we had relatives visiting so we went and rode the Jericho cable cars up to Qruntol Mountain (Mount of Temptation) were Jesus Christ was tempted by the devil. It was too late to visit the Monastery as they don’t allow visitors except at set hours. But the sunset view was amazing from there and the kids enjoyed the ride.

I hope you enjoy the photos.

— Jack Rabah