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Several Iranian officials have offered congratulations to Iranian Christians on the birthday anniversary of Jesus Christ.
Photos by Mohammad-Reza Sharif, Mizan News Agency
Christian citizens of Tehran along with other Iranian people from all religions and walks of life have poured into streets in Christian neighbourhoods of the city as Christmas and New Christian Year shopping gains growing popularity in the country.
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.