The Coptic (Egyptian) Church celebrates the birth of Jesus on the day on which Christmas was celebrated in the era when the Egyptian church was founded by St Mark—January 7. Keep your ears out for clanking of small finger cymbals during some sections of the Holy Mass. January 7 also marks Christmas in the calendars of the Orthodox churches of Eastern Europe. Research indicates that the word “Christmas” is of an ancient Egyptian origin. While “Christ” means “lord”, “mas” is an old Egyptian word that means “birth”. Celebrations take place on and around January 7 every year in Egypt, with the greatest revelry being reserved by the streets of Cairo’s Coptic communities.