Tejarat Emrouz News, For many years, Iran has been the safest place in the Middle East, where people respect Christians and their religion, and they join them in rejoicing their buoyant events. Christians in Iran are either Armenians who follow the Armenian Orthodox Church or Assyrians who follow the Assyrian Church of East. Armenians celebrate Christmas on January 6th when they also honor Epiphany while other Christians celebrate the Nativity on December 35th. However, the warmth and gaiety of this festive event breaks through the cold of winter during the last month of the year and absorbs almost everyone.
Oh, if you think that Christmas celebrations in Iran are only limited to grand hotels, and there’s no single place where people can gather under the rope lights in streets and take a deep breath of joyful New Year, you’re wrong. Walk all around the capital city, and you’d be enchanted by the casting lights behind the small-scale showcases of the shops. Decorated Christmas trees with their red and green ribbons and small golden balls twinkle in your eyes. In more prominent shopping centers, especially those in northern parts of Tehran, Santa Claus, or Bābā Noel (as Persian people call him) welcomes you at the main entrance.
And finally, as you stroll the streets in Christian neighborhoods of Tehran, you see people busy with purchasing Christmas trees and its symbolic decorations. Children with their smiling faces are helping or better say forcing their parents to buy those kinds of decorations they like themselves in Mirzaye Shirazi St. so that they get to create their own dream Christmas tree of the year. Boys and girls talk cheerfully about New Year’s resolutions while they take a sip of their coffee in cafés of Arameneh Street, where the aroma of Armenian coffee bewitches you to try it, or spend the days on the way to Christmas walking down Nejatollahi Street.
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