Happy Humpday! December 20, 2017

Christmas is in FIVE DAYS! With that in mind we figured we’d have some Humpday holiday fun and search for the intersection of Christmas & camels — and we found it!

Check out this article from the Washington Post,
“In Egypt, Santa is called Baba Noel, meaning Father Christmas. Around Cairo, stores and hotels put up Christmas trees and decorations, which are also sold in supermarkets. Many middle- and upper-class Muslims view Christmas as a time for festivities and gift giving, especially for their kids.

About 10 percent of Egypt’s 94 million people are Christians. Most belong to the Coptic Orthodox Church, whose Christmas traditions are different than much of the world, including celebrating the holiday on Jan. 7.

The Coptic month leading to Christmas is called Kiahk. Special praise songs are sung by followers before the traditional Sunday service. From Nov. 25 to Jan. 6, many Christians partake in a special “holy nativity fast,” where they don’t eat any animal products, including chicken, beef and eggs.

Coptic Christmas Eve is on Jan. 6, when followers attend a special night service. Afterward, they go home and break their fast. The next morning, Orthodox Christmas Day, Christians celebrate in their homes, and people often hand out sweet biscuits known as “kahk” as gifts.”

Whatever your traditions, whatever your celebration — happy holidays, everybody!


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