Christmas and New Year celebration in Iran

Publication Date: 1/1/2023

Source: Mehr News Agency

According to an ancient tradition, Christians around the world consider the beginning of the year to be January 1 in winter, just as we Iranians consider the beginning of the year to be the first day of Farvardin (March 21) in spring, and the Arabs consider the beginning of the year to be Muharram. It was in the 17th century that the 25th of December was proclaimed as Christmas or the birth of Jesus Christ, and almost all followers of Christianity celebrate this day as the birthday of Christ.

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Assyrian protesters a ‘cancerous tumour’ in Iran’s Christian community, says former MP

Publication Date: 23/11/2022

Source: Article 18

The former parliamentary representative of Iran’s Assyrian minority has launched a barely believable attack on Christians inside and outside the country who have either participated in or encouraged participation in the ongoing protests.

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Iranian Christians warned not to join uprisings as protests surpass 100 days

Author: Anugrah Kumar

Publication Date: 26/12/2022

Source: The Christian Post

Iran’s security agencies have warned Assyrian and Chaldean Christians against joining the ongoing uprisings in the Islamic Republic, which surpassed 100 days over the weekend and sparked by the killing of Mahsa Amini, a young woman arrested by the “morality police” for not properly wearing a hijab.

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Why ‘Persecuted’ Is Not the Best Way to Describe Christians in the Gulf

Author: Hrayr Jebejian|

Publication Date: 8/12/2022

Source: Christianity Today

In November, officials in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) made a surprise announcement. Discovered among the white-hot sand dunes of Siniyah Island were the ruins of a 1,400-year-old Christian monastery, likely predating the rise of Islam.

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Spokesman Congratulates Iranian Christians on Christmas

Publication Date: 26/12/2022

Source: Tasnim News Agency

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Nasser Kanaani congratulated the country’s Christian community on the occasion of Christmas and the new Gregorian calendar year.
In a post on his Twitter account on Sunday night, Kanaani expressed his felicitations over the auspicious birth anniversary of Jesus Christ (PBUH) to all Christians across the world, especially in Iran.

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Iran's Courageous Christians Join the Revolution

Author: Lela Gilbert

Publication Date: 8/12/2022

Source: Newsweek

The first tremor of distress rippled across Iran on Sept. 16, 2022, after the tragic death of a beautiful young woman—Mahsa Amini, also known as Jina Amini. Twitter watchers first saw a photo of Mahsa, unconscious and on life-support, the victim of a vicious beating by Iran's "religious morality" police. They had arrested and violently assaulted her for not wearing her hijab properly—some of her hair had been exposed. She quickly died of a massive brain injury.

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Church statements the latest use of Iran’s Assyrian, Armenian Christians as regime propaganda

Publication Date: 2/12/2022

Source: Article 18

The Iranian regime continues to use the voices of its recognised Christian minority as part of its propaganda drive against the ongoing protests in the country.
The latest example is a set of public statements – evidently penned by the intelligence services but bearing the insignia of the main branches of the Armenian and Assyrian churches in Tehran – released over the past two weeks.

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President Al-Assad Congratulates The Christian Communities On Christmas

Author: O. al-Mohammad

Publication Date: 25/12/2022

Source: Syria Times

On December 25th, President Bashar al -Assad congratulated the Christian denominations on the occasion of Christmas and offered congratulations to the heads of Christian denominations in the name of his sovereignty, Minister of Presidential Affairs Mansour Azzam.

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Former Muslim of Iranian descent: Why Christians should care about Iran's protests

Author: Hedieh Mirahmadi

Publication Date: 1/12/2022

Source: The Christian Post

For the first time in history the World Cup took place in a Muslim country, Qatar. In front of billions of people watching worldwide, the Iranian players remained silent as their national anthem played in the stadium. It was a simple but dramatic show of solidarity with the protestors back home who have been fighting the regime since mid-September.

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Christians In NE Syria Observe Christmas

Publication Date: 25/12/2022

Source: North Press Agency

On Sunday, hundreds of Christians in the cities of Hasakah and Qamishli, northeast Syria, celebrated Christmas by observing rituals, hymns and prayers in churches in both cities.

In the city of Qamishli, hundreds of Christians converged on Virgin Mary Church and the Evangelical Union Christian Church at the center of the city performing relevant rituals and prayers.

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