In Damascus around 2.3 million Christians are celebrating the faith’s largest festival.
But security and economic concerns cast a dark cloud over the season.
Just two months ago a bomb in a Christian community in Damascus killed dozens of people.
One Christian woman said: “We are sad now because some people are bleeding. It is not as festive as in the past because people in the whole country are in mourning. Our country is being destroyed, which makes us feel insecure.”
“This time last year we expected for the crisis to ended in a month or two,” said a Christian shopkeeper. “But a year on it’s still going. People are sad because we don’t know what’s going to happen or when the crisis will be resolved. We can’t see a way out.”
Although some are trying to remain festive everyone is all too aware of the danger they live in.
People from Christian communities say they have been frequently attacked after a large number of Islamic extremists entered the country.
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