Feast of Nayrouz – The Coptic New Year

In 284 A.D., Diocletian, the leader of the Roman Emperor, tortured and killed multitudes of Christians. To many early Copts, this era became known as “The Era of the Martyrs.” Therefore, we based our calendar off of this event. Coptic Years are followed by A.M. instead of A.D., which stands for Anno Martyrii. This year it is 1728 A.M. The feast of Nayrouz falls on the 1st of Tout (the first Coptic Month), which corresponds to September 11/12. The church celebrates the Feast of Nayrouz until the Feast of the Cross (Tout 17th).


Originally, the word Nayrouz comes from the greek origins to mean New Day. The Coptic Church celebrates the countless martyrdoms of the saints during this feast. Moreover, the church also celebrates the start of a new year. Lastly, the church uses this opportunity to look forward for the Second Coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

We would like to share with you An Article by HH Pope Shenouda III on the Nayrouz give in 2006.


Pray that God may bless the Crown of the Year with His Goodness and keep us in your prayers!


May the blessings of the Feast be with us all. Amen.

Categories Articles | Tags: | Posted on September 19, 2011

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