HOW TO SAY HAPPY EASTER IN COPTIC
Figure 1: Coptic icon from the 18th century by Yuhanna al-Armani  in the Aby Sarga Church in Old Cairo: “Christ’s Resurrection: He breaks the gates of Hades (Amente) and saves Adam, Eve and the Prophets”.
The traditional Easter (Paschal) greeting is “Christ is Risen!”, with the response being “Truly, He is Risen”. This is used in almost all Christian nations, each translating it to its own language; so in Greek it is: “Χριστός ἀνέστη! Ἀληθῶς ανέστη! (Khristós Anésti! Alithós Anésti!)”, in Latin: “Christus resurrexit! Resurrexit vere!”, in Aramaic Syriac: “ܡܫܝܚܐ ܩܡ! ܫܪܝܪܐܝܬ ܩܡ! (Mshiḥa qām! sharīrāīth qām! ; Mshiḥo Qom! Shariroith Qom!)”, in Hebrew: “המשיח קם! באמת קם! (Hameshiach qam! Be’emet qam!)”, in Arabic: “المسيح قام! حقا قام! (al-Masīḥ qām! Ḥaqqan qām!); المسيح قام! بالحقيقة قام! (al-Masīḥ qām! Belḥāqiqāti qām!)”.
 For more on the artist Yuhanna al-Armani, read: Magdi Guirguis, An Armenian Artist in Ottoman Egypt (Cairo, New York, The American University in Cairo Press, 2008).
 The image is taken from Coptic Icons I (Cairo, Lehert & Landrock, 1998). The title given to the icon is mine.
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