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In pictures: Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas in Kurdistan

By 6/1/2018

 

Armenian Christians in the Kurdish city of Zakho began celebrating on Christmas Eve, Saturday.

To mark the holiday, adherents to the faith will attend church services, celebrate the birth of Jesus, and then feast with friends and family in the home.

Most Armenian Christians came to Kurdistan in 1915 under the authority of the Ottomans 

In line with Orthodox Christian theology, the Armenians follow the Julian calendar — meaning Christmas day this year comes 13 days after the Catholic-introduced Gregorian calendar's date of December 25.

Zakho, near the Turkish and Syrian borders, is about 160 kilometers northwest of the Kurdistan Regional capital of Erbil.
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