Sunday, December 22, 2013

Christmas in Egypt

Ms Misanthropia is hosting a blog-hop to highlight how people celebrate Christmas in different parts of the world, and this is what Christmas is like in Egypt.

Christmas in Egypt is a little unusual for several reasons:

1) Only 10% of the population is Christian, and they are Coptic (Orthodox) Christians.
2) Coptic Christians celebrate Christmas on January 7th.
3) Since it's a desert nation, there are no evergreen trees, or holly bushes, or mistletoe, or poinsettias.  However, if you're looking for wise men on camels and gold, incense, and myrrh, this is the place!

 Egyptian Copts celebrating Christmas in church.
Since Egypt has such a huge number of hotels, restaurants, and shops that cater to foreigners, the Egyptians have adopted many of the West's Yuletide traditions.  Every hotel is decorated with fairy lights, manger scenes, wreaths, and Christmas trees.

Westerners visiting Egypt can celebrate anywhere from a small restaurant, to a Nile cruise, to a five-star hotel featuring Egyptian entertainers, like the Tanoora spinning his "skirt" over diners' heads below.

And what would Christmas be without Santa Claus?  On Christmas Day, to entertain the children, Santa arrives on -- what else? -- a camel!

However you celebrate, I'm wishing you a very

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