Very interesting link regarding the Coptic Church and the dates of Christmas.
Many of us know that the reason for the difference in celebrating Christmas between the Western and Eastern churches was due to the change between the Gregorian and Julian calendars. But did you know that........
1. Until 1582 A.D. the Coptic Orthodox Church use to celebrate Christmas on December 25th.
2. Prior to the 4th century AD (so until the 3rd Century AD), the Coptic Church use to celebrate Christmas on May 20th.
3. The Greek Orthodox Church until 1923 was with the old calendar and Christmas was celebrated on January 6th. In 1923 the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Church of Greece started the use of the New Calendar.
4. Although the Greek Orthodox Church in the U.S. has adapted to the western date for Christmas. The Greek Orthodox Church in Jerusalem still celebrates Christmas on January 7th.
5. The same difference in calendar also accounts for the difference in celebration of the Epiphany (the Epiphany use to be celebrated on Jan 6th).
So how do you guys like Christmas on January 7th?
Being raised in the states I felt (to a small degree) isolated celebrating Christmas on this date growing up. Especially because January 7th doesn't fall within "Christmas Break" and the holiday season is basically over. Consequently most of us are either working or going to school on January 7th, which takes away from "time-off" and "family gatherings" that are critical for celebrating the holidays.
In some respects I wish all Christians could celebrate Christmas on the same day, however I must say that it's also neat being unique.
What do you guys think?
Mare information about Coptic Christmas can be found here:http://www.saintmark.com/topics/coptic_calendar/nativitydate.html