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December Lights

December 16, 2011

Posted by Kanga.

I have to admit that I do miss the cold weather of winter and the American holiday season from Thanksgiving through New Years Day. The weather here gets down into the 70’s (Fahrenheit) which is pleasant, but not very wintery. We aren’t bombarded with Christmas shopping commercials and ads. We don’t get to see “It’ a Wonderful Life” or “Frosty the Snowman” or “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” or “Miracle on 34th Street” on the TV. The last three years I haven’t had any time off for Christmas, even working the day when it fell on a weekday. So, it doesn’t seem much like Christmas.

Happily, one thing that hasn’t been missing is lights. The U.A.E.’s anniversary falls on December 2nd. This means lots of red, green and white lights. This year was a special anniversary – 40 years – so there was even more celebration.

dancers in vibrant fucia

There were concerts, dance performances, jet ski parades, air shows…

firework blast

Fireworks on multiple occassions…

truck decorated with pictures and flag colors

Decorating one’s vehicle with pictures of the leaders and colors of the flag is a widespread tradition.

building draped in red, white and green lights

And lights, everywhere.

central market covered in white lights

This is the Fujairah central souk (market – meat, fruit, vegetables, clothes).

light shaped as four zero

The number 40 is everywhere.

building draped in red, green and white lights

Lights are done in a big way.

decorative light attached to a lamp post

I particularly like the lights shaped like boys carrying the flag.

light post decor shaped like a boy carrying a flag

My favorite building display is the Fujairah Municipality Building.

building draped in multi-colored lights

It has been a pleasant celebration season and a delight for the eyes. Happy 40th Anniversary to the United Arab Emirates.

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