Launch Christmas and New Year's Events Athens - The Best from Greece

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Posted on: 21/Dec/2009

With the lighting of the Christmas tree and a spectacular fireworks show the City of Athens has launched the Christmas and New Year's events at Syntagma Square.

Athens Mayor Nikitas Kaklamanis marked the start of the City's events and invited everyone to spread a little more optimism, compassion, sensitivity and love in order to experience the true meaning of Christmas.

Minutes before the lighting of the city, Mayor Kaklamanis said a few words in regards to the unique Christmas tree that adorns Syntagma Square this year: "This year, the tree of the city of Athens is one of a kind. It is not just an environmentally friendly tree made from recycled or recyclable materials nor is it a real tree cut from a controlled plantation that would simply be recycled after the holidays.

It is a tree created from natural trees. 250 natural fir trees and their roots have made up our tree this year. And the best part? These trees - that will be watered here for three weeks - will be planted in Attica's most fire-ravaged areas after the holiday season, this way acquiring new life themselves and in turn giving life to the Basin's residents.

In this way we would like to send a message, in practice as well, to the residents and visitors of our city: that the City and the Environment are one and that it is up to all of us to protect the environment by changing our habits to help our city, our country and our planet to breath".



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