Coptic Christmas

From: Egypt Travel GuideEgypt Festivals and Events 2016-2017

See also: St Paul MonasterySt Anthony MonasteryCairo


Coptic Christmas
Following the Coptic calendar Christians in Egypt will fast for 43 days from the 25th of November to the 6th of January in celebration on the fast which Moses endured when he received the ten commandments.

The fast involves Coptic Christians refraining from eating products such as meat, poultry, eggs and milk during this time. On the last day of the fast there is a church service at midnight which in Cairo is given by the Coptic Pope in honour of the Coptic Nativity. Coptic Christians wear new clothes to the service and afterwards the church bells are often rung marking out the end of the fast. Many Coptic Christians then head home to begin their feast and exchange gifts and meet up with family and friends.

Christmas in Egypt is not as commercial as it is in the west, although there are plenty of Christmas nativity scenes and many homes of Coptic Christians are decorated with festive lights and Christmas trees and decorations can also be found around plenty of streets and shops with some vendors selling Santa hats and gift ideas.

Date of Coptic Christmas
Catholic's celebrate Christmas on the 7th of January.

Christians celebrate Christmas throughout Egypt, although Coptic Christmas is particularly popular in Cairo due to the location of Saint Mark's Cathedral where the Coptic Pope gives a service marking the Coptic Nativity at midnight.

Travel Guide
Cairo is accessible and can be reached by plane via the Cairo International Airport and also has train links to Alexandria, Luxor and Aswan. Once in the city there are plenty of busses, and taxis to take you to your destination, and St Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral is located at 222 Ramsis Street, Downtown, Cairo.