Palestinian chef brings New Year cheer through cakes

Palestinian chef spreads New Year cheer with his cakes

Location: Khan Younis, Gaza

Ahmad al-Batta decorates his creations in festive themes

hoping to spread joy to Orthodox Christians in the area

who celebrate Christmas on January 7th

(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PALESTINIAN CHEF AHMAD AL-BATTA, SAYING:

"We wanted to make the 2021 celebrations spent at home special. We wanted to make New Year cakes in the shape of a Christmas tree, Santa Claus and a snowman that bring joy and happiness, especially to the children."

Gaza's Christians cannot travel to Bethlehem

to make their usual Christmas pilgrimages

as travel restrictions are still in place