Armenian families in the West Bengal capital ushered in Christmas celebrations here Monday, with prayers and family gatherings.
Armenian Church of Kolkata (known as the the Holy Church of Nazareth),
which dates back to the early 18th century, was abuzz with chanting in
Armeni as 150-odd members of the community gathered to start Christmas
The Armenians follow the Orthodox calendar, which
marks the birth of Jesus Christ as Jan 6. The event revolves around
"Epiphany", when the Three Wise Men are believed to have brought gifts
for Christ, as it was revealed to them that he was the son of God.
is Christmas... it is mainly a family affair and all families get
together for feasts. Gifts are distributed to children, and they enjoy
amusements like pony rides etc.," Peter Hyrapiet, president of the
Armenian Club of Kolkata, told IANS.
Though several Armenians have married into other communities, the extended kith and kin are also made part of celebrations.
Those who have settled in other countries like the US also visit their families here at this time of year.