President George Manneh Weah on Tuesday evening, December 18, 2018, lit the National Christmas Tree on the grounds of the Executive Mansion, a release has said.
Before switching on the Christmas Tree, according to the release, President Weah described light as life, and invoked God’s blessing and merry tidings upon Liberians as they celebrate this year’s festive seasons.
“We all know that light is life,” the President said, adding, “as I light these lights on the Christmas Tree, it is my prayer that our good God will give each of us long life, joy and peace of Christmas and a prosperous New Year.”
Lighting of the Christmas Tree is an annual activity often performed by the President to symbolically usher citizens into the festive season of sharing, giving and compassion.
Earlier, the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Nathaniel F. McGill, called on Liberians to observe the Christmas Season in the spirit of love and peace.
The official lighting of the National Christmas Tree and a Christmas Cantata was attended by an array of government officials and other high profile dignitaries, among them Chief Justice Francis Saye Korkpor and other diplomats.