THE COPTIC LANGUAGE DAY SHOULD BE SAME AS SAINT SAMUEL OF KALAMOUN’S FEAST DAY ON 17 DECEMBER (8 KOYAHK) EACH YEAR
In our article on 11 August 2015, there was a mistake in reading St. Samuel of Kalamoun feast day, who we could call Father of the Coptic Language, and, consequently, the date of the proposed Coptic Language Day was got wrong. The feast of St. Samuel is actually on 8 Koyahk; so amended the date for the Coptic language day to 17 December (18th in leap years). We reblog the original article with the correction.
We call for the celebration of a Coptic Language Day every year on the 20th of July.
Saint Samuel of Kalamoun is the ascetic on whose lips the Apocalypse of Samuel of Kalamoun was put, most probably not without some credibility. Saint Samuel (597 – 693) lived in the seventh century and witnessed the Arab occupation of Egypt and all the evil that accompanied it. The CopticSynaxarium says he had many prophesies about what will happen in the age to come after the Arab invasion. Part of his prophesies, to his own great distress, was that there will come time when the Copts, in an endeavour to assimilate to the Arabs and Muslims, will neglect their beautiful Coptic language, and replace it, often with a pride, by the language of the hijra – Arabic. No Copt has spoken in such great passion about the Coptic language, or with…
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