CHILDREN’S “MARCH FOR PEACE”
The Children’s March for Peace in Bethlehem gives the community a sense of unity and collective accomplishment, while at the same time drawing attention to this demonstration for peace. At this Christmas celebration, children exchange gifts, play games, and put on shows. In Manger Square, bouquets of white balloons float to the heavens as a sign of peace and freedom.
“THE 4TH ANNUAL ‘CHILDREN’S MARCH FOR PEACE’ TOOK PLACE WITH SOME 400 CHRISTIAN BOYS AND GIRLS WHO CAME FROM THE OUTSKIRTS OF JERUSALEM TO MEET 300 OTHER BOYS AND GIRLS IN MANAGER SQUARE IN BETHLEHEM.”
Established in 2003, the March for Peace seeks to build bonds of friendship between children of the Holy Land, and provide them a day of joy and celebration as they relive the Nativity story where it took place. This day also brings together the local communities to increase appreciation of their common heritage in the roots of Christianity, and a sense of identity in the Holy Land.
“THE CHILDREN’S MARCH FOR PEACE TO BETHLEHEM
HAS BEEN A MESSAGE OF HOPE
CREATED TO PROMOTE PEACE
AND ALLOW CHRISTIAN CHILDREN THE OPPORTUNITY TO
VISIT AND WORSHIP
AT THE BIRTHPLACE OF JESUS.”
The very first march was led by the Mayor of Bethlehem and the Minister of Tourism, along with Fr. Ibrahim Faltas OFM, Director of John Paul II Foundation, and Fr. Peter Vasko OFM, President of the FFHL.
In 2008, the parish priests of Jerusalem approached the Foundation asking if we could assist them with sponsoring this special event which we have been proud to do.