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Lebanon hasn't boxed up its Christmas decorations just yet, as the celebrations are just beginning for some.The sixth is Epiphany for most Christians, but Armenians use the day to celebrate a culmination of the season's events. For them, the sixth is Christmas, celebrating the nativity of Jesus in Bethlehem, but it also symbolizes Epiphany, when Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River. Unlike the Orthodox and Protestants who follow the historic date of Armenian Christmas, the Armenian Catholics, however, follow the Catholic Church in Rome and celebrate on Dec. 25 . Armenians, however, decided to stick with the traditional, historical and "correct" day for celebrating Christmas, as expressed by one person interviewed by The Daily Star.Tuesday is a national holiday in Lebanon, meaning shops will be closed across the country, but in Burj Hammoud most establishments – 90 percent according to the local mukhtar – will stay closed Wednesday as well, as Armenian Orthodox and Protestants partake in a two-day celebration. A second Mass is often attended by families on Armenian Christmas Day. Unlike most Christians in Lebanon, however, the Armenian community doesn't stop the party after Christmas.
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