The Archbishop of the Alexandria Region of the Anglican Episcopal Church Sami Fawzy leading the Christmas Mass in Cairo s All Saints Cathedral in Zamalek. Photo : Anglican Diocese of Egypt
Egypt’s Catholic Media Office has announced the beginning of mass at several churches nationwide, including at the Holy Virgin Mary Coptic Catholic Cathedral.
The Anglican Diocese of Egypt is also celebrating Christmas nationwide, including at the All Saints Cathedral in Zamalek, where mass is headed by Archbishop of the Episcopal/Anglican Province of Alexandria Samy Fawzy.
Secretary of the Egyptian presidency Mohamed Reda attended mass at All Saints Cathedral on behalf of President Abdel-Fattah El Sisi.
UK Ambassador Gareth Bayley OBE, Netherlands Ambassador Han-Maurits Schaapveld and US Chargé d’Affaires Daniel Rubinstein attended mass at the famous Cathedral in Zamalek.
Christmas mass started at 8pm and will end at midnight, when worshipers will be able to break their fast, which started on 15 November.
Egypt's Christians make up about 10-14 percent of the country's 100 million population, with Catholics estimated to number around 500,000.
According to the president of the Protestant Community of Egypt Andrea Zaki Stephanous, the number of Egyptian Anglicans is estimated to be around 2 million.
Unlike Western denominations who celebrate Christmas on 25 December, Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on 7 January due to their use of the Julian calendar.
Several neighbourhoods in Cairo have been gearing up to celebrate Christmas.
In the populated Shubra neighbourhood, which has the largest Christian community in Cairo, makeshift stands have been set up to sell Christmas trees and decorations.