Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas, Quietly Observed, In Iran

Frida Zeinali /
A Christmas tree next to Iranian tiles in a bookstore in Tabriz, Iran.

By Frida Zeinali
 Junior Reporter
TABRIZ, Iran – Though Iranians do not celebrate Christmas at all, the people of the Armenian Orthodox minority celebrate it. According to the World Council of Churches, the largest Christian group in Iran is the Armenian Apostolic Church.
Overall, Christians number less than 1 percent of the Iranian population.
With a population of more than 300,000, they’re the second largest non-Muslim minority here.
Shop owners said that due to restrictions, they prefer not to do something special in public for Christmas.
Frida Zeinali /
A snowman doll under a Christmas tree in Iran.
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