In Photos: Azhar grand imam, Awqaf minister visit Coptic Cathedral to offer greetings on Christmas

Ahram Online , Tuesday 4 Jan 2022

Al-Azhar Grand Imam Sheikh Ahmed El-Tayyeb and Religious Endowments (Awqaf) Minister Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa on Tuesday paid a visit to the Coptic Cathedral in Cairo to offer greetings to Pope Tawadros II of the Coptic Orthodox Church on the occasion of Christmas.

Ahmed El-Tayyeb  and Pope Tawadros II
Azhar Grand Imam Sheikh Ahmed El-Tayyeb visited the Coptic Cathedral in Cairo's Abbasiyya on Tuesday, 4 January 2021 (Photo courtesy of the Coptic Orthodox Church)

During the visit, Sheikh El-Tayyeb voiced hope that this new year could bring about more happiness and prosperity to the Egyptian people, asserting that all heavenly messages have several moral commons.

He asserted that greetings in such occasions are part of the Islamic philosophy which places high the human values and calls for maintaining brotherly ties.

Meanwhile, the Awqaf minister asserted that Egypt is a unique example of national unity, adding that such model is a way to establish global peace.

He noted that Egypt is a perfect example for equal citizenship in the rights and duties and will remain united through its people.

Coptic Orthodox Egyptians, who make up 90 percent of the country’s Christian population, celebrate Christmas on 7 January, according to the Julian Calendar.

Thursday 6 January will be a paid day off for public sector workers on the occasion of the Coptic Orthodox Christmas, which falls on 7 January.

The Coptic Orthodox Christmas was designated a national holiday in 2002.

Smaller Christian denominations in Egypt - Catholics, Coptic Catholics, Protestants and Evangelicals -  celebrate Christmas on 25 December, according to the Gregorian Calendar.

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