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PHOTOS: New Year Celebration at Saint Sarkis Cathedral in Tehran, Iran

Photos by Majid Haghdoust, Mehr News Agency

Saint Sarkis Cathedral is an Armenian Apostolic church in Tehran, Iran

Iran's Armenian Christian community held a ceremony at Saint Sarkis Cathedral in Tehran on Saturday evening to celebrate the New Year 2017. During the ceremony, special prayers were said and candles were lit. This was also a chance for some to pose with Santa!

cartoon by Hassan Karimzadeh, Iranian daily Shahrvand

While Iran is officially designated the "Islamic Republic," among its more than 70 million people is a small but important Christian minority. Most of Iran's Christians are Armenians and Assyrians, who remain relatively free to follow their faith. The numbers of Protestants and evangelical Christians are said to be growing. For these people, life is often much more difficult. A number of Christian denominations still live in Iran today and include Assyrians, Armenians, Catholics, Protestants and Evangelical Christians. Although a minority religious group in Iran, Christians of Iran are free to practice their religion and perform their religious rituals (see related article).

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