Armenian Christmas Celebration In Kolkata (Calcutta)


The Armenians celebrate Christmas on the 6th of January instead of the 25th of December. The photo is of the Armenian Christmas celebration in the Armenian Church of the Holy Nazareth, Kolkata (Calcutta), India. The church is possibly the oldest in Kolkata.


Jaime Nicole

This is really interesting. I think that even with all of the information so readily available online, many of us forget that not everyone does things the same way we do. I am pretty open minded and informed, but it never even occurred to me that a group in modern times would observe the holiday at a completely different time. I am going to use this in January to explore this culture with our kids. Thank you!


That’s really interesting that Armenians celebrate Christmas on January 6th. Is there a particular reason for that? Also, very nice photo. I can tell the church is very beautiful on the inside.


I had no idea they celebrate Christmas at a different date. I thought is was only The Chinese that celebrates Christmas and New Year at a different date because they are using their lunar calendar.

Margarita Ibbott

I had no idea that this was a cultural practice in Armenia. Why is is celebrated at a different time? I’d love to learn a little bit more. Fantastic outfits as well.


I had no idea that Armenians celebrated Christmas on January 6th, I will remember that as it is a day after my birthday! I love the wardrobe, to elegant looking!


This is really cool! I never knew about this and love learning about different cultures. I will have to make sure to share this information.

Miranda (Myrabev)

How very interesting I had heard that a few cultures do not celebrate christmas on december 25th. Thanks for sharing, such a lovely picture and loving the attire


I had no idea that the Armenians celebrate Christmas on Jan 6. I love the details on their wardrobe. The church looks beautiful , I have always loved visiting buildings like this so much history to see.

Joanne T Ferguson

Thank you for allowing me to learn something new! I would like to have seen or read about more customs or foods that are unique that are served during this Christmas holiday!I believe in preserving traditions of any kind!

Erica @ The Crumby Cupcake

This seems rather similar to the Greek Orthodox religion, as I’m pretty sure they celebrate their Christmas in January, as well. It’s very interesting to me to learn the differences of other cultures, thanks for this info!

Crystal | The Poor Explorer

Calcutta is one of my favourite cities in india. It’s such a vibrant, realistic place. Being there for a Christmas must just be awesome!

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Fantastic that you got to be a part of this. Cultural celebrations are one of the best ways to appreciate the “flavor” of a country.

Milosz Zak

I had no idea there was a sizeable Armenian community in India, I thought they’d be contained to the Caucasus, with small enclaves across Europe. As master craftsmen, no wonder they were of use to Indian rulers.


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