The Holiday of Holidays, also known as Chag HaChagim in Hebrew, is an annual celebration of Haifa’s religious and cultural diversity. This event is held every December to mark the Hanukkah, Christmas, and Ramadan holidays for Jews, Christians, and Muslims living peacefully together in Haifa.
It includes food stands, antique fairs, arts and crafts fairs, music, circuses, and street celebrations.
The festival is an initiative of Beit Ha’Gefen – Arab-Jewish Cultural Center, and the Haifa Municipality, which was founded in 1993 and takes place in Beit Ha’Gefen and Wadi Nisnas and the German Colony in Haifa.
The aim of the festival is to promote and foster tolerance and mutual respect through culture and art.
The festival presents art exhibitions, artist meetings, and various performances with an emphasis on cultural diversity in Haifa and Israel.
The works are displayed both in the public space – the alleys of the Wadi Nisnas neighborhood coming to the German Colony, Haifa, and in the Beit Hagefen Gallery and this year also on billboards throughout the Hadar neighborhood – a special exhibition by Haifa artists!
The Holiday of Holidays festival is the culmination of the year of activity at Beit Ha’Gefen, and is designed in the spirit of the values of Beit Ha’Gefen.
Our activities are based on the belief that interpersonal acquaintance and encounter with another culture, its stories, cultural and spiritual assets, are important for breaking down barriers and building trust between different nationalities, ethnic and religious groups in Haifa and Israel.
Photo credit: Shaula Haitner Pikiwiki Israel