Christmas In Iran

Iranians walk past Christmas decoration at a shop in the capital Tehran on December 24, 2016, on Christmas eve

SPUTNIK – As Christians around the world celebrate Christmas, you might be surprised to learn that the holiday season is also observed in Iran, a predominantly Muslim nation where Christians make up less than 1% of the country’s population.

Christianity however has a long history in Iran, dating back to the early years of the faith. It has been practiced in the country longer than the state religion, Islam. According to the country’s statistics, today there are at least 600 churches for 300,000 – 370,000 Christians in Iran, most of whom are Armenians who are followers of the Oriental Orthodox branch of Christianity.  CONTINUE READING

  1. #1 by nooralhaqiqa on 12/27/2016 - 9:34

    Christmas, for all of its flaws, still strikes me as being a model celebration for all peoples of open mind who simply love…. and want to share that love with all.

    There is one photo in this article of the old woman with the tree that made me weep from its simplicity…

    Meanwhile, back in Lebanon, the fine men of Hezbollah can know that Christians around the world thank them for their dedication …. in Syria. Their gift to the world, the freeing of Aleppo, is beyond price….

    I know that is a little stretch from Christmas in Iran, but it had to be said. Truly good Muslims are responsible for much of the elusive happiness now felt in parts of the besieged Middle East.

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