Christians around the world celebrate New Year amid another Covid wave
Christians in Iran and around the world are marking the Gregorian New Year. The year 2022 arrived along with sorrow for the dead and dying, fear of more infections to come and hopes for an end to the coronavirus pandemic.
The mostly muted New Year's Eve celebrations around the world ushered in the fourth calendar year framed by the global pandemic.
Over 285 million people have been infected by the coronavirus worldwide since late 2019 and more than 5 million have died.
Pope Francis canceled his New Year’s Eve tradition of visiting the life-sized manger set up in St. Peter’s Square, again to avoid a crowd.
Iran hosting Christmas and New Year celebrations for centuries
Around 300,000 to 370,000 Christians live in Iran. Most of them are Armenians who have lived here for centuries. Assyrians, Catholics, Protestants, and Evangelical Christians constitute the rest of the Christians in Iran.
The Assyrians of ancient Iran converted to Christianity since its onset, particularly in the first to third centuries AD.
Unlike all other Christians who consider January 1 as the beginning of the new year, Armenians follow the Oriental Orthodox denomination of Christianity and accordingly, celebrate Christmas on January 6, concurrent with the Epiphany.
It is worth to note that the exact date of Christ’s birth has not been historically established and is not recorded in the Gospels. However, historically, all Christian churches celebrated Christ’s birth on January 6th until the fourth century.