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The Dead Sea in the Holy Land

The Dead Sea in the Holy Land


Bordered by Jordan to the east and Palestine to the west, the Dead Sea is one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water. In Arabic, it is called ‎Al-Bahr al-Mayyit which literally translates to “the dead sea”. It has a surface of around 430 metres below sea level, which is the lowest point on earth. Unfortunately, the Dead Sea is receding …

Bethlehem Handicrafts: USA Store, Online Market & Christian Pilgrimages

Bethlehem Handicrafts: USA Store, Online Market & Christian Pilgrimages


Bethlehem Handicrafts is the first olive wood store in the USA with an online market that ships worldwide, a workshop in Bethlehem, and an operator of Christian pilgrimages. To the east of the Church of the Nativity is a small road that gently goes down to the fields of Boaz. It was here that the Shepherds were told by the Angel Gabriel …

The Holy Week and Easter Celebrations in the Holy Land

The Holy Week and Easter Celebrations in the Holy Land


What’s a better place to celebrate Easter in than the actual birthplace of Our Lord and Savior? Celebrating Easter in the Holy Land is a spiritual experience in itself, and especially in Jerusalem, the great city. The world’s attention turns to the city of Christ’s passion where it marks the path that Jesus walked towards his own death. This time of …

The Holy Fire & Church of the Holy Sepulchre

The Holy Fire & Church of the Holy Sepulchre


Overview: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is placed in the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem and it contains the two holiest sites in the world for Christians: the site where Jesus of Nazareth was crucified, and Jesus's empty tomb, where He has been buried and resurrected.  The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, known in Arabic as Kanisatu Al-Qiyamah, literally …

The Last Hours of Jesus Told in 8 Olive Wood Statues

The Last Hours of Jesus Told in 8 Olive Wood Statues


1) Washing the Feet's Statue (BH 8110) This carved extraordinary wood statue from Bethlehem olive wood in the Holy Land represents The night before Jesus’ death when He kneeled in humble service to wash the feet of his apostles before they began supper, a task usually reserved for the lowliest household servant, commanding us to do the same out of love for our …

St. Patrick’s Day 2018: Irish Pirates, Green Shamrock, and Beer

St. Patrick’s Day 2018: Irish Pirates, Green Shamrock, and Beer


   St. Patrick’s Day is the feast day of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, a day that began as a religious holiday in Ireland and ended up becoming a day of celebration of the Irish culture and heritage celebrated on March 17 all over the world. (Source: AJC)   Who is St. Patrick? St. Patrick is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland …

The Easter Collection is Here!

The Easter Collection is Here!


Feel free to browse our Easter catalog of items specially picked for the season.   1) Olive Wood Hand Carved Last Supper (Masterpiece) Hundreds of hours and much faith were put in creating this olive wood masterpiece that is simply breathtaking. Thousands of intricate details show huge dedication and deep Christian knowledge regarding the Last Supper and all the symbolism it carries through the centuries. …

10 Interesting Facts About Lent

10 Interesting Facts About Lent


Lent is a 40-day time period before Easter which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Thursday that prepares the faithful to celebrate Christ’s suffering, death and resurrection through fasting, prayer and almsgiving. It is a time to open the doors of our hearts a little wider and understand our Lord a little deeper. It’s the season to reflect on …

Rome's Colosseum will be lit in red in solidarity with persecuted Christians - especially in Syria and Iraq

Rome's Colosseum will be lit in red in solidarity with persecuted Christians - especially in Syria and Iraq


Rome's Colosseum to bathed in blood red in solidarity with persecuted Christians around the world, but especially in Syria and Iraq, later this month. The initiative comes from a Catholic charity called Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), which is a revival of a similar project from last year. The crimson red lights are supposed to represent the bloodshed of Christians around …

The Feast of Saint Valentine

The Feast of Saint Valentine


Valentine's Day, also called Saint Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is a holiday that takes place on February 14. Nowadays, it is recognized as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of love and romance in many places all around the world. However, did you know that on this day we are honoring more than one saint named …

The 7 “I am” Statements of Jesus Christ

The 7 “I am” Statements of Jesus Christ


In the Bible, Jesus clearly emphasizes that He is the sole way into Heaven, not merely a way, but the one and only path that leads us to eternal life. When asked "Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know the way?" by Doubting Thomas, a question which is still asked by millions today, Jesus replied …

The Delicious Local Food of the Holy Land

The Delicious Local Food of the Holy Land


Bethlehem Handicrafts: Your Guide to the Holy Land Here are some of our favorite foods you definitely have to try when you come visit the Holy Land! After all, the food in the Holy Land is reason enough to come visit it!   1)   Za’atar Manakeesh The only way to wake up in Palestine is with one of these Za’atar Manakeesh. A popular Palestinian breakfast …

The Feast of the Epiphany

The Feast of the Epiphany


We’ve all heard of the song “12 days of Christmas”, but did you know that Christians actually used to celebrate Christmas for 12 whole days? What is the Epiphany? The Epiphany is a Christian feast day that is also known as Theophany, the 12th day of Christmas, or Three Kings' Day. It celebrates the revelation of God to man. It falls on January 6 and …

Christmas Celebrations in Bethlehem

Christmas Celebrations in Bethlehem


At the break of day on a cold rainless Christmassy morning, the people of Bethlehem city in the Holy Land woke up to the sound of the Scouts preparing to hit the streets to start the Christmas celebrations. On 24 December 2017, a large number of locals and foreigners were gathering at Manger Square to welcome the Apostolic Administrator of the Latin …

The Birth of Christ in Bethlehem: Away in a Manger

The Birth of Christ in Bethlehem: Away in a Manger


Bethlehem Bethlehem, meaning “the House of Meat” (or special food, not specifically meat as a produce) in ancient Aramaic, was a town of minor significance at the time of King Herod’s proxy-rule under the Roman Empire. The town’s singular claim to historic fame prior to the rise of Christianity was its connection to the House of David, an era long since gone …

The Shepherds' Field in the Holy Land

The Shepherds' Field in the Holy Land


“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the …

The Holy Family’s Journey to Bethlehem

The Holy Family’s Journey to Bethlehem


Luke 2:1-7 “In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. And everyone went to their own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.  He …

8 NEW ARRIVALS (Olive Wood Hand Carved Statues)

8 NEW ARRIVALS (Olive Wood Hand Carved Statues)


1) Saint Francis of Assisi: Patron of Animals Statue     Saint Francis of Assisi is represented in the uniform of the Franciscan friars with different animals around him including two birds, a wolf and a sheep. Saint Francis’ devotion to God was expressed through his compassion for all of God’s creation, especially the vulnerable. He cared for all the sick and the poor, …

The Crown of Thorns

The Crown of Thorns


A dear friend of Bethlehem Handicrafts, Mila Glodava, wrote in one of her blogs: Not too long ago, a friend of mine, George Bannoura, a Christian from Jerusalem, gave me a most precious gift: a crown of thorns, with a Certificate of Origin. It was also sanctified in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.   It quotes Matthew 27:29: "And when they had plaited a …

It’s the start of winter, and the olive harvest is over!

It’s the start of winter, and the olive harvest is over!


While a good people outside of the Holy Land now know about our traditions of the autumn olive harvest, many aren’t aware of the part that happens between the period of harvests, when buckets and tarps are put way, patiently awaiting their moment in the sun once again. Pruning and Cutting Olive Trees: Another stage of the olive harvest is pruning branches of trees …

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