This evening full of joy, prayers and songs about Christmas brings all the existing churches in Salalah-Dhofar together.
Every year an average of six hundred people from the Orthodox Syrian Church, the Protestant Church of Oman, the Mar Thoma Church, the Roman Catholic Church, the Church of Pakistan, the Coptic Church, the Church of South India (Tamil), the Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church, the Church of South India attend the evening.
When the current leader Sultan Qaboos took over power in 1970, he pointed out to his people: “States that have no spiritual foundation are devoid of substance. In building nations, nothing is more important than the spiritual side. It is this that produces cohesion and unity, and creates the right climate for tolerance, security and good conduct.” This principle applies not only to intellectual and cultural life, but also to the legal sphere and the Basic Law of the State guarantees all Oman’s residents the freedom to worship and practice their religion.