Kahk Cookies are taken to friends and family for Christmas in Egypt. These cookies are slightly sweet like a shortbread and very delicious.
The last two countries we will be visiting are not in the heritage of Coffee With Us 3. They are the countries that Jesus spent time as a child. Jesus was born in Bethlehem, Israel and then traveled to Egypt to escape King Herod.
Only a small percentage of Egyptians are Christians (Coptic Orthodox Church) and only this small percentage really celebrate Christmas. Christmas is mainly celebrated in January among these Egyptians. They begin with fasting for 43 days prior to Christmas. From November 25th to January 6th, Christian Egyptians fast from any foods that come from animals. This fast is called the “Holy Nativity Fast.”
Coptics celebrate Christmas on January 7th. On January 6th (Christmas Eve), they have a special service. It begins at 10:30pm and ends sometime after midnight but sometimes goes as late as 4:00am After the service is over, everyone goes home to eat their big Christmas meal which include meat and other foods that come from animals including butter and eggs. The children also receive new clothes and gifts after the service.
During the day of January 7th, families get together. Often they take kahk with them to share. Kahk is special sweet biscuits/cookies. They are the same Kahk as the Muslims make for Eid el fitr.
While Christmas is mainly only celebrated by the Christians in Egypt, there are others who have begun to celebrate Christmas more similar to the western world. It is more commercial and celebrated on December 25th.
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