ACTNews, JERUSALEM – The Palestinians in Jerusalem rejoiced and flocked to Al Aqsa Mosque with their families, friends and relatives on the day of the ceasefire. They gathered to sit back under the shady trees around the mosque, take the children around the mosque, or just capture the moments that morning at the Al-Aqsa mosque using their cellphones.
The Palestinians have a unique tradition in celebrating special moments: they give out sweets to their relatives and neighbors as an expression of their joy on the day of Eid, childbirth, promotion, and other special moments.
The sweets were given out to the Palestinians around the Al Aqsa mosque on Friday (22/5/2021) as an expression of happiness following the ceasefire that was recently signed. Aksi Cepat Tanggap Volunteers in Jerusalem took part in giving out the sweets to the people around the mosque. They went from one spot to another within the compound to distribute the sweets.
ACT volunteers distribute sweets to Palestinians at the Al Aqsa Mosque. (ACTNews)
Some of them stood on the steps and gates of the Al Aqsa Mosque where many people pass by. They greeted and offered the passers-by some sweets. This activity was met with a positive response as many of the recipients took the sweets while taking pictures of the sweets with their cellphones.
"This morning before Jum’ah prayer, ACT distributed sweets to the worshippers at Al Aqsa mosque. Giving sweets is a tradition of the Palestinians on special days," stated Said Mukaffiy from ACT's Global Humanity Response Team.