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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Coptic  Christian Copts adopted the Coptic Calendar specifically for the Church during the persecution of the Romans under Emperor Diocletian (283 to 305 A.D.). Because of the severity of the persecutions during his time, the Copts called it the Era of Martyrs, Anno Martyri, establishing the new calendar specific to the Coptic Church, the Calendar of the Martyrs, in September 283 A.D. when the Emperor ascended to his throne. At the start of every year, the Copts celebrate the Feast of Nayrouz, honoring the martyrs of the Church, as Nayrouz has become strongly affiliated with the martyrs. A food of special significance on this day is the red date: red recalls the martyrs' blood, the light-colored flesh of the date symbolizes their purity, and the stony pit symbolizes their steadfast faith.   

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