Christians celebrate Christmas in Iran

26/12/12

Christmas Holidays, here again. Many Christians in Iran are out scrambling to buy last minute presents.  There are about 150,000 Christians in Iran, most of them Armenians, who celebrate Christmas in churches and at homes with family and friends.

Christmas is the annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ and a widely observed holiday celebrated generally on December 25th by millions around the world.

In Iran Churches hold several activities for the Christian community during this festive holiday season.  Although Christmas is a time usually enjoyed by children, some believe it is a joyous time even for adults.

The original date of this celebration in Eastern Christianity was January 6th which is still the date the Armenian Apostolic Church celebrates Christmas day.  Under Iran’s constitution Christians, Jews and Zoroastrians are recognized as religious minorities, are represented in Iran’s parliament and are allowed to carry out their religious rituals.

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