Christmas in Iran

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As Christians around the world celebrate Christmas, the holiday season is also observed in Iran.

There are about 150,000 Christians living in Iran, most of them Armenians, who celebrate Christmas in churches and at home.

Christmas trees decorated with red, green and gold gift boxes placed behind shop windows or at the entrances of different shopping malls and hotels can be seen, especially in the Christian neighborhoods of Tehran.

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Christmas trees decorated with red, green and gold gift boxes placed behind shop windows or at the entrances of different shopping malls and hotels can be seen, especially in the Christian neighborhoods of Tehran.i3fqtfe3.jpg

Decorated trees, along with Nativity scenes of the Virgin Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus, can also be seen in shops along Mirza Shirazi Avenue and Ostaad Nejatollahi (Villa Avenue) and its surrounding neighborhoods in central Tehran, where many Iranian Christians reside.

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Some Iranian Christians celebrate Christmas on Dec. 25 and New Years’ on Jan. 1, while Armenians celebrate Christmas at the same time as the Epiphany on Jan. 6.

Despite being a minority, Iran’s Christianscqk4c16y.jpgfyi9nt8v.jpg are represented in parliament, and also enjoy freedom to practice their religions and perform their religious rituals.

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Festive Christmas decoration and celebration take place throughout the country, specifically in major cities such as Esfahan, Shiraz, Tabriz and even religious cities such as Mashhad.

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Parsa Parsa (@Parsa) Pinned comment
Van Cathedral. The cathedral was established in 1606, dedicated to the hundreds of thousands of Armenian deportees that were resettled by Shah Abbas I during the Ottoman War of 1603-1618

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The Monastery of Saint Thaddeus (Armenian: Սուրբ Թադէոսի վանք, Surb Tadeosi vank' ; Persian: کلیسای حضرت تادئوس, Kelisā-ye Ḥaẓrat-e Tādeus) is an ancient Armenian monastery in the mountainous area of West Azerbaijan Province, Iran.



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The Saint Stepanos Monastery (Armenian: Սուրբ Ստեփանոս վանք, Surb Stepanos Vank; Persian: کلیسای سن استپانوس, Kelisā-ye San Estepānus), also known in Armenian as Maghardavank (Մաղարդավանք), is an Armenian monastery located about 15 km northwest of the city of Julfa in the province of East Azarbaijan, northwestern Iran.
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The Chapel of Dzordzor (Armenian: Ծոր Ծորի Սուրբ Աստվածածնի մատուռ, Azerbaijani: Zurzur kilsəsi,[1] Persian: کلیسای زور زور), is part of an Armenian monastery located in Maku County, West Azerbaijan Province, Iran, on Zangmar River near the village of Baron. The monastery had its heyday in the fourteenth century before being abandoned and destroyed in the early seventeenth century, when Shah Abbas I decided to displace the local Armenians.


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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) Pinned comment
Thanx to Iraj and Parsa for the article and all those gorgeous pictures of the historical Armenian churches in Iran.
In addition to our Armenian compatriots, we also have our Assyrian christians living in Iran, who speak the Neo-Aramaic language, Assyrian.
Merry christmas to all, especially our Armenian, Assyrian friends.

Here are a couple of Assyrian songs. First one is a popular song, learned back in high school (it's called "My Little Bird"), second is a Carol. Enjoy



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Coventry Carol (Acapella) - Christmas Carol (Assyrian-Aramaic)
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