The Six: Arabic Christmas Carols

The Six: Arabic Christmas Carols
Arab Christians have a strong tradition of enjoying Christmas carols during the festive period. (Shutterstock)
Updated 25 December 2018

The Six: Arabic Christmas Carols

The Six: Arabic Christmas Carols

DUBAI: Arab Christians have a strong tradition of enjoying Christmas carols during the festive period. Here are just a few seasonal songs from the Levant region.

‘Laylat Al-Milad’
Translated to mean “Nativity Night,” this traditional festive song is popular in the Levant region and features poetic lyrics about the birth of Jesus.

‘Laylet Eid’
One of the most popular versions of this song is performed by legendary Lebanese singer Fairouz. The song follows the same tune as the English-language song “Jingle Bells” and is a joyful ditty about Christmas trees and family gatherings.

‘Sawt el-Eid’
This one follows the globally recognized tune of “Silent Night” and one of its most popular versions is sung by Fairouz. The song is a lilting lullaby about the birth of Jesus, much like its English counterpart.

‘Talj, Talj’
Translated as “Snow, Snow,” this carol paints a magical picture of softly falling snow and was popularized by the apparent queen of carols, Fairouz.

‘Hallelujah’
Performed by Lebanese soprano coloratura singer Hiba Tawaji, this one is a peaceful melody about the birth of Jesus with lyrics written by father Youssef Mouannes.

‘Ahla Bi Yassouh’
Carole Samaha’s “Ahla Bi Yassouh” describes a beautifully lit market, which has been decorated with colorful lights for the festive season.