Christmas in Egypt
By: Katie Joseph and Sarah McGowan
Our Experience in Egypt for Christmas:
Christmas is important to Coptic Egyptians because of the time that Jesus spent there with the Holy Family. St. Mark introduced Christianity to Egypt and is considered the first pope of Egypt. Egyptians celebrate Christmas on a different day because they follow a different calander.
Similarities and Differences Between American Christmas
In both countries there is a church service the night before, but the service in Egypt is typically much later in the night then in America.
Also, in both countries it is very common to go to other people's houses and celebrate the holiday.
Finally, the idea of Santa Claus exists in both countries, however in Egypt Santa is called Baba Noël, which means Father Christmas.