Christmas is celebrated on Jan. 6th in Turkey. On Christmas Eve, seven purple candles are lit together. Families go to church at sunset and then sit down to a Christmas dinner of seafood. On Christmas day, people attend Christmas mass. A religious parade starts at 10:00 in the morning in the Kumkapi district of Istanbul.Know More
On the day after Christmas, Jan. 7th, people visit the graves of their relatives to say prayers. The Armenians in Turkey are followers of Christianity and mostly belong to the Armenian Apostolic faith. They refer to Christmas as Surp Dzinunt, which means holy birth. They spend the 50 days before Christmas in preparation, referred to as Hisnag. Church members fast on the first, fourth and seventh week of Hisnag. They consume only vegetables and seafood. Every Saturday, a purple candle is lit at sunset, followed by prayers and hymns.
Christmas was celebrated on Jan. 6th until the 4th century. The Roman church then moved the date to Dec. 25th. By then the Armenian church had separated from the Roman church, and they continued to celebrate Christmas on Jan. 6th. The Armenians are a Christian minority in Turkey. Many were killed during the Armenian genocide, and some converted to Islam to escape death.Learn More
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Christmas in Poland is celebrated in many ways, primarily by observing certain Christmas traditions such as those that occur during Wigilia. Wigilia is the Polish Christmas Eve, when the Christmas season really begins, and is celebrated with cleaning, decorating and feasting.Full Answer >
Around 2 billion people worldwide celebrate Christmas every year. According to History.com, it has become one of the biggest holidays of the year in many countries, as it is now often celebrated by Christians and non-Christians alike. Nine out of 10 people celebrate Christmas in the United States.Full Answer >
The French celebrate Christmas, or Noel, in many of the same ways as those in the United States; gifts are given and a large meal is eaten. The holiday is celebrated on Dec. 25, and Pere Noel, the French Santa Claus, brings gifts on Christmas Eve.Full Answer >