A vendor works at a shop in Bourj Hammoud, Jan. 3, 2020. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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It's that time of year again when Lebanese Armenians hear the oft-repeated refrain, "Oh that's right, you celebrate Christmas on Jan. 6!" And every year, we go through the tired exercise of laying it out. It may be true that Christmas for Orthodox Armenians technically falls on Jan. 6 . That partially explains the confusion in regards to when and how Armenians actually celebrate Christmas, but then there's the why.Therefore, rather than prohibit major Pagan festivities, which fell on Dec. 25, it cleverly chose to shift Christmas to that date, and silently transformed the festivities to celebrations of the birth of Christ.On the other hand, no such Pagan festivities took place in Armenia, which is why Armenians never needed to move the Christmas date and continue to celebrate it on Jan. 6 .As for what Armenians actually do on "official" Armenian Christmas, it's mostly very familiar to the wider Christian community.
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