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Iranian Armenians celebrate Christmas on Jan. 6

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.iranmania.com/News/ArticleView/Default.asp?NewsCode=48557&NewsKind=Current%20Affairs Iranian Armenians celebrate Christmas on Jan. 6 Wednesday,
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      Iranian Armenians celebrate Christmas on Jan. 6

      Wednesday, January 03, 2007 - ©2005 IranMania.com

      LONDON, January 3 (IranMania) - Head of Isfahan
      Armenian Council has said that unlike Christians
      in most European and American countries, Iranian
      Armenians celebrate Christmas concurrent with
      Armenia’s Orthodox Church on January 6.

      Verje Bermard Diorisian told ISNA that the people
      of Armenia have celebrated Christmas on January 6
      ever since they converted to Christianity.

      “Armenian churches used to celebrate January 6 as
      festivity. However, Catholic churches changed
      this same date to December 24 later since it
      coincided with Mithra Festival,“ he added.

      Diorisian noted that in Iran a religious ritual
      is held in all churches on the afternoon of
      January 5 and special baptizing ceremonies known
      as ’Badarak’ are held on January 6 early morning.

      “People go to their homes on Christmas eve after
      holding religious ceremonies with candles lit.
      Special Christmas dinner for the Armenians
      includes fish and rice. This is while the
      Europeans and Americans have either geese or turkey,“ he further added.
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