Christmas Holidays

Christmas, Quietly Observed, In Iran

A Christmas tree next to Iranian tiles in a bookstore in Tabriz, Iran. (Frida Zeinali / YJI)
TABRIZ, Iran – Though Iranians do not celebrate Christmas at all, the people of the Armenian Orthodox minority celebrate it.

A snowman doll under a Christmas tree in Iran. (Frida Zeinali/YJI)

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 is a Junior Reporter for Youth Journalism International.
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