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Why Do Armenians Celebrate Christmas on January 6th?

I wanted to write this post because people around me started already asking why Armenians do not celebrate Christmas on December 25th with the rest of the world. So I thought it would be easier for me to just send them the link 😀

Untill the 4th century Christians around the world used January 6 to celebrate the birth of Jesus. “According to Roman Catholic sources, the date was changed from January 6th to December 25th in order to override a pagan feast dedicated to the birth of the Sun which was celebrated on December 25th ,  Armenian Church was not a satellite of the Roman Church. Thus, remaining faithful to the traditions of their forefathers, Armenians have continued to celebrate Christmas on January 6th until today.

On Christmas eve and the morning, Armenians greet each other with Christmas Greetings. However, Merry Christmas in Armenian is translated as Kristos tsnav eev haitnetsav, Orhneal e haitnutune Kristosee. Which means Christ is born and revealed, Blessed is the revelation of Christ and Santa Clause Gaghant Babatraditionally comes on New Year’s Eve (December 31st) because Christmas Day itself is thought of as more of a religious holiday in Armenia 🙂

I can’t wait to Celebrate and eat all the yummy Christmas food with my family and friends 



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2 responses »

  1. What “rest of the world” are they talking about? All of Russia, and presumably a great deal of Eastern Europe, celebrates in January. Ethiopia, if I recall correctly, celebrates on December 28 (or sometime in January, but in any case unaligned with anyone else). That’s a significant chunk of the Christian world.

  2. we Ethiopians celebrate Christmas on January 6,and some times 7, i am Ethiopian not on DEC 28


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