Orthodox Christmas celebrated in Balkans

SARAJEVO,Bosnia and Herzegovina - For the first time since the independence from Serbia in 2008,  Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga and Muslim Prime Minister Isa Mustafa celebrated Christmas at Visoki Decani Church on Wednesday.

"Christmas is a really special day, especially for Orthodox Christians who deliver the message of peace, harmony, solidarity and mutual trust to each other," said Jahjaga, following the ceremony.

"We wish that all our citizens feel equally happy so we can strengthen solidarity and coexistence. Also, I hope that we can resolve problems and challenges together," said the PM.

In the Serbian capital of Belgrade, where most Orthodox people of the country live, believers gathered at the largest church in the country, Cathedral Church of St. Michael the Archangel for a ritual which was led by Serbian Orthodox Church Patriarch Irinej. President Tomislav Nikolic, Justice Minister Nikola Selakovic and numerous citizens participated in the ritual.

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