Christmas ceremony held in St Antuan Church in Istanbul

Cristian prayers recited verses from the Bible in the ceremony. Istanbul Beyoglu Mayor Ahmet Misbah was among to participants of celebrations.

Christmas ceremony held in St Antuan Church in Istanbul

Christmas Ceremony was held in one of Istanbul’s biggest church of St Antuan on Friday.

During the night, Christian believers recited many hymns as well as Bible verses in the St Antuan which is being in the Istanbul’s most colorful street of Beyoglu. Tourists who are visiting Turkey also attended the ceremony.

In the ceremony, Beyoglu Mayor Demircan underlined that, every religion members live in Beyoglu in a peace. “We did not want to them alone in their holy night” noted Demircan.

Christmas or Christmas Day is a holiday observed generally on December 25 to commemorate the birth of Jesus, the central figure of Christianity.

The date is not known to be the actual birthday of Jesus, and may have initially been chosen to correspond with either the day exactly nine months after some early Christians believed Jesus had been conceived, the date of the Roman winter solstice, or one of various ancient winter festivals.

Christmas is central to the holiday season, and in Christianity marks the beginning of the larger season of Christmastide, which lasts twelve days.

Although nominally a Christian holiday, Christmas is also celebrated by an increasing number of non-Christians worldwide, and many of its popular celebratory customs have pre-Christian or secular themes and origins. Popular modern customs of the holiday include gift-giving, music, an exchange of greeting cards, church celebrations, a special meal, and the display of various decorations; including Christmas trees, lights, garlands, mistletoe, nativity scenes, and holly.

In addition, several figures, known as Saint Nicholas and certain mythological figures such as Father Christmas and Santa Claus among other names are associated with bringing gifts to children during the Christmas season.


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