Coptic Christmas to be paid holiday for private sector in Egypt

Ahram Online , Wednesday 4 Jan 2023

Egypt's Minister of Manpower Hassan Shehata announced on Wednesday that Sunday 8 January 2022 will be a paid holiday for the private sector on the occasion of the Coptic Orthodox Christmas that falls annually on Saturday 7 January.

A big Christmas in Cairo s Shubra district , Egypt in December. Photo : Zeinab El-Gundy


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

In his statement, the minister extended Christmas greetings to Egyptian Christians.

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly had announced on Sunday that 8 January will be a paid day off for public sector workers.

Christmas, as celebrated by the Copts, has been a public holiday in Egypt since 2003.


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