While most Christians celebrate Christmas on Dec. 25, Armenians do so on Jan. 6. So, while many Burbankers were packing away the lights, decorations and other traces of their Christmas celebration, our community’s Armenian residents were still deeply in the holiday spirit as the Burbank Chapter of the Armenian National Committee opened its community center for the annual Armenian Christmas dinner this past week.
The reason why Armenians celebrate Christmas 12 days later than others stems back to the end of the Third Century. When Roman Christians made the decision to recognize the birth of Christ on Dec. 25 to coincide with a pagan holiday, the date was not accepted by the Armenian Church who maintained the ancient tradition of celebrating the birth and baptism of Christ on Jan. 6.
At last week’s Christmas celebration, officers and members of the ANC welcomed guests from a wide range of factions including elected and appointed officials and representatives from civic, business and charitable organizations. The reception, which has become an annual tradition, provides the committee, their supporters and the public time to reflect on their previous year’s accomplishments, and give thanks to Burbank community leaders for their continued support.