Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Christmas Decorations in Maadi

Christmas is celebrated in Egypt not once, but twice, once on December 25 and again for the Copts and Eastern Orthodox on January 7, so we have an even longer Christmas season. While out shopping for presents for my annual Egyptian/Canadian/Finnish/Lebanese Christmas gathering with friends on December 24 we spotted a group watching one of the store clerks adjusting a present in a Christmas display.


Leif Hagen said...

Interesting to see the Christmas decorations around the world and how people celebrate it too!

brattcat said...

I truly enjoy your posts, Maryanne.

Tia said...

wow we are learning SO much from your blog thankyou , its like free geography homeschool lessons for us ! we didnt know Christmas was celebrated in Egypt twice a year ! Hope you are having a good time shopping !

Amit Roy said...

Very nice post. Being a christian myself loved seeing the picture on how it is celebrated in Egypt.

Yousef said...

I didn't know Christmas was celebrated in Egypt either. I never been there during the winter. I always go in the summer. How was eid? I would assume its bigger than Christmas. Do you celebrate eid?

Maryanne Stroud Gabbani said...

They are totally different celebrations. The feasts are multiday national holidays while Christmas is more of a season with a lot of social gatherings and then one day off.

Michael Lockridge said...

Cool! We love Christmas, so I think we shall extend our celebration to January 7th. Looks like I have something to research.

Love the photos. Thanks for expanding my world.


rLn! said...

Does CHRISTmas in Egypt still focus on CHRIST as the reason for CHRISTmas? Here in the US, i'm very sorry to say that it's becoming like homogenized milk -- taking the CHRIST out of CHRISTmas and making it just "happy holidays." And department stores here embarked on their CHRISTmas sales and decor even before Halloween (October 31)! The commercialism of this holy day has gotten out of hand. CHRISTmas is really all about GOD's love...that's it!

Maryanne Stroud Gabbani said...

The commercial aspects of the Christmas season here are pretty random, which is fine with me. Jesus is considered a prophet like Mohamed in Islam and is almost equal in stature. Egyptians love celebrating just about anything so the family gatherings and festivities are just fine by them.

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