Mama would like to wish Christmas blessings to all of our friends celebrating this beautiful holiday from places like Egypt, Eritrea and Ethiopia to Russia. Armenia or Georgia!
Yes, I said Merry Christmas. Many people in the West have no idea that after everyone has boxed up their decorations and put their Christmas trees on the curb; millions of people in Russia, Greece and East Africa are celebrating Christmas.
Technically, the two churches both celebrate Christmas on December 25th; the difference is in the calendars they use. When many switched to the Gregorian calendar, some parts of the world decided instead to keep the Julian calendar, which explains the 13 day difference between the commonly accepted December 25th date and January 7th.
So, for many Coptic and Eastern Orthodox Christians, today is Christmas day! The day will be filled with incense burning in churches, big meals shared with family and friends, the exchange of gifts and lots of good cheer.
If you would like to tell us more about your Christmas traditions, we’d love to hear more in our comments section below.
Melkam Gena to those in Ethiopia, Rhus Be’al Ldetn Hadsh Ametn to our friends in Eritrea and to our Egypian friends: أجمل التهاني بمناسبة الميلاد و حلول السنة الجديدة
Again, Merry Christmas to all of you celebrating today, wherever you may be!