On January 6 Armenians celebrate the “Armenian Christmas,” as it is popularly called. It is a culmination of celebrations of events related to Christ’s Incarnation. The Armenian Church celebrates the holy birth of Jesus Christ on January 6. In Armenian tradition, this feast day commemorates not only the birth of Christ, but also His baptism by John the Baptist. The latter is remembered through the “Blessing of Water” ceremony, which follows the Divine Liturgy on January 6. On the eve of the Feast of the Nativity and Theophany of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Divine Liturgy (the lighting of the lamps service) is celebrated in honor of the manifestation of Jesus as the Son of God (theophany).
People greet each other with the following words: “Christ is born, truly born!”