Palestinians celebrate during a mass wedding ceremony for 436 couples in Rafah, Gaza, on December 19, 2012. The mass wedding was organized by the National Islamic Committee and funding by the institution of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Al Nahyan (President of the United Arab Emirates and emir of Anu Dhabi) for humanitarian action for Palestinian couples who are unable to afford expensive ceremonies. UPI/Ismael Mohamad
The Israel Antiquities Authority and Google Israel announced the publishing of the Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library online at a press conference Tuesday. The digital library will eventually hold tens of thousands of fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls in high resolution photographed with a special camera based on NASA technology. UPI/Debbie Hill.
The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is lit up during the 80th annual tree lighting ceremony on November 28, 2012 in New York City. The 80-foot spruce is illuminated with over 45,000 lights and will remain on display through the new year. UPI /Monika Graff
Cirque du Soleil's Amaluna performs a dress rehearsal in Vancouver, British Columbia, November 22, 2012. With a cast over seventy percent female Amaluna will run from November 23rd to this December 30th.
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