With the approaching of Christmas and New Year's Day, the people of Sulaymaniyah city in the Kurdistan Region are preparing to receive the new year, as shops and streets are decorated with Christmas trees, ornaments, lamps and balloons.
Markets are witnessing a strong demand by citizens on purchasing Christmas supplies.
Ari Mohamed, one of the store owners selling decorations, said "Every year, with the approaching of the New year, the city is crowded with people buying gifts and Christmas trees to greet this day with beautiful wishes and dreams.This year there is a large demand on buying Christmas gifts and trees, roses, gift boxes and balloons. The people celebrate either at home with family and friends or in the city streets, where the streets will be crowded by people celebrating and launching fireworks."
"I congratulate all Iraqis and the Kurdistan Region on the new year 2020, hoping that prosperity and peace will prevail for all Iraqis without exception," Sardar Hussain, a resident of Sulaymaniyah, said while buying a Christmas tree.
PUKmedia / Adnan Al-Jaf - Sulaymaniyah