TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Thousands of Syrian Christians flooded the streets of Aleppo to take part in the Christmas festivities as life is returning to normality following major military successes against terrorist groups in the country.

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Flashy firework displays and bright lit Christmas trees popped up in Aleppo as well as all across Syria to celebrate Christmas.

Christians were among the minority groups persecuted by various terrorist organizations in Syria since 2011. The government has managed to regain control over most of the country, and life there is slowly returning to normality. That includes celebrating Christmas openly and without fear of sectarian violence.

Aleppo remains a major center of Christianity in Syria and naturally had some of the biggest Christmas events with thousands of people flooding the streets to take part in the festivities. Roughly half of the city was controlled by terrorist groups for years, and they were ousted in the last weeks of 2016.

Lights-decorated Christmas trees and nativity scenes also adorned other Syrian cities.