Turkish PM celebrates Orthodox Christmas

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday celebrated Orthodox Christmas Day.

Turkish PM celebrates Orthodox Christmas

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday celebrated Orthodox Christmas Day.

According to a statement released by Prime Ministry Press Center, Erdogan relayed a message for Orthodox Christmas and said, "I am celebrating christmas of our Orthodox citizens who mark Christmas Day on January 6. This country is a whole with its 73 million citizens regardless of their religious belief and ethnical identity".

In the message Erdogan said, "it is pleasure for us that our non-Muslim citizens celebrate their festivals pass in tranquility, security and happiness. Our non-Muslim citizens have been performing their beliefs, traditions and customs in the best way for centuries and they will continue to do so."

The Russian, Jerusalem, Serbian and Georgian Orthodox churches, Athos monasteries, some Catholics and some Protestants celebrate Christmas on January 7 in line with the Julian calendar, while Roman Catholics, Lutherans, Anglicans and some Orthodox churches celebrate the feast on December 25.



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