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Iran Welcomes European Catholics for January Holidays

Tehran, 16 October 2005 (CHN) -- Iranian travel agencies are looking forward to European and Korean tourists' arrival in January to witness the Gregorian New Year ceremony. Since this ceremony held in Iran is unique, some of the Europeans are interested to witness it closely.

Orthodox Gregorians living in Northern regions of Iran have some disagreements with the Catholics on the birthday date of Jesus Christ, the marriage of clergymen, and the dishes for January; these differences have created some attractions. For example, while Catholics believe the birthday of Jesus to have been December 25, Gregorians celebrate January 10.

January is the peak of traveling for European tourists. And each year some Europeans choose Iran as their holiday destination. During this month, tourist agencies of Iran bring a lot of tourists from countries such as Germany, Italy, France, and Far East countries such as Korea.

"Since celebrations of January are being held differently in Iran, the European tourists can get familiar with this ceremony closely," says Ahmad Hosseini, manager of one of Iran's travel agencies which has been successful so far in attracting European tourists to the country within the holiday month.

According to Hosseini, tourists from Canada, Germany, and Italy came to Iran last January to spend their holidays here. "Their trips had positive reflections," he adds.

These tours will begin from 26 of December and will run to the third of January, and the inbound tourists will visit the historical sites of Isfahan, Shiraz, and Yazd cities, and all the cultural, and natural sceneries of these cities. They will be offered handicrafts of these cities as souvenirs, and they will spend the New Year Eve in a desert caravanserai.

... Payvand News - 10/17/05 ... --

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