The Coptic New Year is a continuation of the oldest calendar in the world i.e. the Ancient Egyptian Calendar. The Australian Coptic Movement Association (ACM) would like to wish all Copts and Egyptians a happy new year. The event is marked by special church services and other events. The ACM is holding a holding a formal dinner to celebrate the Coptic New Year on 4th October 2014. We have limited seats available to the public. For more information contact Jennifer Michael Events on 0404 046 919 or email email@example.com
The Coptic New Year is a continuation of the Ancient Egyptian Calendar and is celebrated on the first day of the Egyptian month of Tout, and depending on the year, it falls on 11 September 2014. The Calendars origin dates back over 6000 years.
Also known as the feast of Nayrouz, the Coptic New Year was an agricultural festival for ancient Egyptians due to the flooding of the Nile River which fertilised the land and allowed for growing crops. Therefore, The Coptic New Year is both an Egyptian celebration and an Orthodox Christian one.
Egypt’s Coptic Christians decided to reset the calendar in the year 284 AD to mark the enthronement of the Roman Emperor Diocletian since thousands of Christians were martyred for their faith in Christ during this era. The Coptic Calendar has both a spiritual and cultural flavour and has been celebrated in various ways throughout the centuries.
Copts remember their martyrs and celebrate by eating red or white dates and Guava. The red symbolises the martyr’s blood and the white date symbolises pure hearts. The solid seeds represent their strong faith.
This year we continue to remember the ongoing suffering of our modern day martyrs in Egypt and Libya. It is reported that up to 500 Coptic Christians have been killed for their faith since January 2011. A further 500 are missing. We also remember the Copts who continue to suffer in Libya along with other Egyptians who may be trapped there.
The Australian Coptic Movement Association