Christmas in Iran

A widely perceived Western tradition, Christmas is a holiday in secluded Iran. Along with the small Armenian-Christian population, Muslims in Iran celebrate the birth of their prophet as well. Photographer Bernard Russo allowed Iran Unveiled to peek into this through fantastic photos that show how Iranians celebrate Christmas.
Iranian women pass by a shop selling Christmas items, stuffed toy polar bears and Santa Claus decorations 

Iranian women pass by a shop selling Christmas items, stuffed toy polar bears and Santa Claus decorations

There are about 150,000 Christians living in Iran, most of them Armenians, who celebrate Christmas in churches and at homes

There are about 150,000 Christians living in Iran, most of them Armenians, who celebrate Christmas in churches and at homes

As children are attracted by the tradition, many Muslim families have adopted some of the customs and buy presents for the kids and even Christmas trees

As children are attracted by the tradition, many Muslim families have adopted some of the customs and buy presents for the kids and even Christmas trees

A young man and woman joke around while waiting for the metro in Shiraz - their clothing is a mixture of Middle Eastern and Western styles 

A young man and woman joke around while waiting for the metro in Shiraz – their clothing is a mixture of Middle Eastern and Western styles

A young woman stares into the camera as she and he friends stroll past a group of young men in Shiraz 

A young woman stares into the camera as she and he friends stroll past a group of young men in Shiraz

A young boy grins cheekily from a bus that is travelling through Persepolis

A young boy grins cheekily from a bus that is travelling through Persepolis

Soldiers use pay phones to call home while they are stationed in Shiraz

Soldiers use pay phones to call home while they are stationed in Shiraz

Young women relax with ice creams in the sunshine after school closes in Esfahan

Young women relax with ice creams in the sunshine after school closes in Esfahan

 Two boys attempt to restart a Yamaha bike in the suburbs of Kerman

 Two boys attempt to restart a Yamaha bike in the suburbs of Kerman

Three young women take a selfie in the bazaar in Shiraz next to a toy stall 

Two young women gossip and share a secret while relaxing in the sunshine in Shiraz

Two young women gossip and share a secret while relaxing in the sunshine in Shiraz

A young man sits among the pigeons on the pavement in Kashan framed by beautiful colourful architecture 

A young man sits among the pigeons on the pavement in Kashan framed by beautiful colourful architecture

Three men try to sleep on a train journey on the way to Yazd from Tehran 

Three men try to sleep on a train journey on the way to Yazd from Tehran

A young girl smiles into the camera from the window of a packed bus in Shiraz 

A young girl smiles into the camera from the window of a packed bus in Shiraz

A young woman plays the guitar on the side of the street in Tehran

A young woman plays the guitar on the side of the street in Tehran

A colorfully-dressed young woman smiles at the camera while waiting for the bus 

A colorfully-dressed young woman smiles at the camera while waiting for the bus

A boy speeds along the road on his motorbike with a female passenger on the back in Shiraz 

A boy speeds along the road on his motorbike with a female passenger on the back in Shiraz

Young women catch up whie waiting outside a language school in Shiraz

Young women catch up while waiting outside a language school in Shiraz

A young woman and man seem to flirt while waiting for a train on the Metro   

A young woman and man flirt while waiting for a train on the Metro

Happy Holidays to all from Iran Unveiled!

 

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