Christmas Miracle: Iraq Officially Declares Christmas a National Holiday

Just a few short years after ISIS swept across Iraq and committed genocide against Christians and other minority religious groups in the region, the country’s government officially declared Christmas a national holiday this year.

A declaration was made Christmas Eve to designate December 25 a national holiday for all Iraqi citizens. Previously, it was reserved for Christians only.

Government of Iraq – الحكومة العراقية

@IraqiGovt

The @IraqiGovt announces Christmas Day to be an official holiday across Iraq. Happy Christmas to our Christian citizens, all Iraqis and to all who are celebrating around the world.

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Government of Iraq – الحكومة العراقية

@IraqiGovt

On Christmas Eve, PM @AdilAbdAlMahdi 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.

Government of Iraq – الحكومة العراقية

@IraqiGovt

We extend our warmest wishes to Christians in Iraq and around the world for a very happy and peaceful Christmas.

Recently, President Trump signed a declaration holding ISIS accountable for war crimes and genocide in the region.