Christmas day becomes a national holiday in Iraq

Iraqi government on Monday, announced the approval to designate Christmas day, 25th December, as official holiday across Iraq.

The Cabinet voted to amend the national holidays law in order to make 25th December of each year, Christmas Day, an official holiday across Iraq.

The amendment was announced by the Iraqi government as Iraqi Christians and Christians across the world was wished Happy Christmas.

The announcement coincided with the visit of Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State who concelebrated the Christmas Vigil Mass with the Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans, Cardinal Louis Raphaël I Sako, at the Chaldean Cathedral of Saint Joseph in the Karrada district.

According to Vatican News, “Almost a million Christians have left Iraq – a nation that has seen the presence of Christians for over two thousand years”.

On Christmas Eve, the Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi met with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, and his delegation and reaffirmed that Iraqi Christians are an integral part of Iraq’s national community.

Iraq is a country its significance is well represented in the Bible.The Garden of Eden described in Genesis was in Iraq; Abraham came from Ur of the Chaldees, a city in Iraq; the city of Nineveh that the prophet Jonah visited after being spit out by a giant fish was in northern Iraq and is now known as Mosul.