The Australian Coptic Movement Association (ACM) is an independent Coptic Group that advocates on behalf of its members and the Coptic Community in Australia. The ACM has been working hard for our community since 2010. We have held rallies, vigils, seminars, conferences, published a book and make regular presentations to government departments and NGO’s.
MEDIA RELEASE – COPTIC COMMUNITY TO CELEBRATE COPTIC NEW YEAR IN SYDNEY
2 October 2014
The Australian Coptic Movement Association (ACM) is pleased to advise that many community, church and political leaders will be joining us to celebrate our Coptic New Year dinner celebration on October 4, 2014 in Sydney.
The Coptic New Year, which is celebrated on 1st day of the Coptic month of Tout, marks the beginning of a new year in the Coptic calendar. The Coptic calendar is a continuation of the oldest calendar in the world – the Ancient Egyptian calendar.
The Coptic calendar begins in 284AD. This year marks the beginning of the reign of the Emperor Diocletian. The reign of Diocletian remains a period of unparalleled persecution of Christians, particularly in Egypt. Countless individuals were tortured and killed as a witness to their faith in Jesus Christ. The Coptic New Year commemorates the sacrifice that our ancestors made in order to preserve the faith that Copts in Egypt and the diaspora share today.
The Coptic New Year is therefore a celebration of Coptic identity and culture – an identity and culture that is inherently Egyptian. Its celebration also serves as a timely reminder of the persecution that Christians around the globe face as a result of extremism and intolerance, particular in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, and the pressing need for action to protect these vulnerable persons.
For further information about this event, please contact us on 0418-331-213