Egypt's Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and Pope Tawadros II in a visit at the Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo on Wednesday (Photo: The Egyptian Cabinet)
During the visit, PM Madbouly voiced hopes that this Christmas would bring about more happiness, health and prosperity to Pope Tawadros II and all Coptic Egyptians, and for Egypt to continue enjoying stability and peace.
For his part, Pope Tawadros II thanked the premier for visiting the Coptic Orthodox Cathedral and wished the government success in its endeavours in construction and development.
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 Coptic Orthodox Christmas, which 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.