January 6 marks the Christmas Day on the Armenian Apostolic Church’s calendar.
Catholic Churches traditionally celebrate the feast on December 25. The day is preceded by a week of fasting; in the evening of January 5, the churches across the country serve a candlelight divine liturgy to mark the Eve of Nativity.
The people attending the mass later take home the lit candles which symbolize divine presence and the light shining from the Star of Bethlehem.
ETCHMIADZIN. – Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II presides over, at the Cathedral of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, a Divine Liturgy commemorating the Holy Nativity and Theophany of Jesus Christ (Christmas).
Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan, speaker of the parliament Galust Sahakyan, Cabinet members, diplomats and hundreds of faithful are attending the Divine Liturgy.
The Armenian Apostolic Church celebrates the Feast of the Holy Nativity and Theophany of Jesus Christ (Christmas) on January 6.