Coptic Christmas around the world in 2020

Coptic Christmas around the world in 2020
  How long until Coptic Christmas?
This holiday next takes place in 46 days.
  Dates of Coptic Christmas around the world
2021 Various Jan 7
EgyptThu, Jan 7National Holiday
SudanThu, Jan 7National Holiday
2020 Various Jan 7
EgyptTue, Jan 7National Holiday
SudanTue, Jan 7National Holiday
2019 Various Jan 7
EgyptMon, Jan 7National Holiday
SudanMon, Jan 7National Holiday
2018 Various Jan 7
EgyptSun, Jan 7National Holiday
SudanSun, Jan 7National Holiday
2017 EgyptJan 7
Egypt Sat, Jan 7National Holiday
  Summary
The Coptic Orthodox Church recognises 7 January as the day that Jesus was born
  Which countries observe Coptic Christmas in 2020?
Egypt  EgyptJan 7National Holiday
Sudan  SudanJan 7National Holiday

When is Coptic Christmas?

The Coptic Church recognises 7th January as the day that Jesus was born. This is the same date as Orthodox Christmas. Elsewhere in the world, Christmas is celebrated on 25th December.

Why is Coptic Christmas on 7th January?

The difference in the timing of the Christmas celebrations stretches back to 1582, when Pope Gregory XIII, ruled that the Catholic Church should follow a new calendar – called the Gregorian calendar, as it was closer to the solar calendar than the Julian calendar.

The Julian calendar had been established by Julius Caesar in 46 B.C.

Because it was the catholic pope who ruled on the adoption of the new calendar, many churches not aligned to the papacy ignored it, such as Protestants and the Coptic and Eastern Orthodox churches. Protestants accepted the new calendar in the early 1700s.

In 1922, the patriarch of Constantinople decided that the Gregorian calendar should be followed for the observance of Christmas, but not for Easter, and this edict was followed by many of the other Orthodox churches.

Coptic Orthodox Christians comprise 90 percent of Egypt's 10 million Christians. The Coptic Orthodox Church has been a distinct Christian body since the schism that took place at the Council of Chalcedon in AD 451, when the Coptic Church broke from the rest of the Christian Church.

Coptic Christmas was declared a national holiday in Egypt in 2005 by the government of Hosni Mubarak.

Customs of Coptic Christmas

On the evening of 6th January, Copts observe a fast - and refrain from drinking and eating from 3pm until midnight.

A popular dish for Coptic Christmas is fattah, a mixture of rice, meat and crispy bread.

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