Tarek El Mahaba September - Page 44

Nayrouz This Nayrouz, many Copts will added under the Hellenistic Red Christians, and the 21st with By the time the Arabian suffering, remember the 20 Egyptian an unconfirmed West African origin, along with many others who were killed at the hands of Islamic State era. culture had left its mark eaten on the Egyptian society, Egypt the word ni-yarouous was The during dates’ traditionally Nayrouz red symbolizes in exterior the white insides represent the purity martyrs by the Coptic of their hearts and the the community that there seeds of the dates stand for the contemporary strength of their faith. martyrs who still have Some also eat the the same zeal and guava fruit, which has faith of martyrs and similar symbolism as believers of the past, and that Nayrouz is are the are consecrated as are are blood of the martyrs, The 21 victims who remind which symbolic of the martyrs’ militants (ISIS). Church dates, red dates. Deriving from the not a distant memory, but a thought to originate from the Church’s The word Nayrouz that we which translates to “new its foundation and core, the living present. know today has undergone many modifications. Originally, the word comes from the Coptic word ni- yarouou (translates to rivers). According to Nabil Farouq’s book (The Nayrouz Feast: Oldest Feast for the Oldest Nation), the suffix ous was belief that the Persian New Year Nowruz, martyrs’ strength of faith is day” influencing the change Coptic Christians relive the of the suffix to ouz instead struggle of their ancestors of ous. Its alterations and through celebration and modifications made it to what commemoration to remind is known today-Nayrouz. themselves that these Coptic Orthodox Christians, martyrs should not solely both in Egypt and abroad, belong to the past, but ought culturally celebrate the New to live on. Year by eating red dates. 44 As we approach the feast