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New Year celebrations for Christians in Iran are different from those of Christians in other parts of the world. In Iran, the Christian culture has been mixed with the Iranian culture.
A tourism official invited people from across the world to choose Iran as the destination for their Christmas vacation, in a bid to lure tourists who worth a lot to the country’s economy amid the tightening of US sanctions.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has congratulated world leaders on the birth anniversary of Jesus Christ (PBUH) and the advent of the new Christian year in separate messages on Tuesday.
The first festival of “Yalda and Christmas” was held in the Iranian capital Tehran on the eve of the Yalda Night, the longest night of the year which has long been celebrated on the last night of autumn by Iranians since ancient times.
Iran’s Assyro-Chaldean churches have censured US officials’ “interventionist” claims about the situation of religious minorities in the Islamic Republic, calling on Washington to be concerned about its own poor human rights record at home and abroad instead of shedding “crocodile tears” for others.
Intense preparations are underway by related Iranian organizations for holding the 64th annual religious ceremony of Armenians in Qara Kelisa or St. Thaddeus Complex in Chaldoran, northwest of Iran.