The Baghdad Post

Iraq officially announces Christmas Day as a national holiday

The Iraqi government announced on Tuesday Christmas Day to be an official holiday across Iraq.

The  Cabinet approved a law to mark Christmas Day, December 25, as an official holiday across the country “on the occasion of the birth of Jesus Christ,” according to a statement released by the Iraqi government.

The Cabinet voted on an amendment to the national holidays law in the country that Christmas Day is a holiday for all Iraqis, and not only for the Christian community, as it had been for decades.

“Happy Christmas to our Christian citizens, all Iraqis and to all who are celebrating around the world,” the Iraqi government said on Twitter.

Most recently, the rise of ISIS in Iraq forced many of the remaining Christians to flee the country or be killed. Source