Coptic Calendar

The Coptic calendar is used by the Coptic Orthodox Church and still used in Egypt. This calendar is based on the ancient Egyptian calendar. The Coptic calendar has 13 months, 12 of 30 days each and one month at the end of the year of 5 or 6 days depending whether the year is a leap year or not. The year starts on 11 September in the Gregorian Calendar or on the 12th in the year before (Gregorian) Leap Years. The Coptic Leap Year follows the same rules as the Gregorian so that the extra month always has 6 days in the year before a Gregorian Leap Year.

 Coptic Month

Start Date 

 Thout  September 11/12
 Paopi  October 11/12
 Hathor  November 10/11
 Koiak  December 10/11
 Tobi  January 9/10
 Meshir  February 8/9
 Baremhat  March 10
 Baremoude  April 9
 Pashons  May 9
 Paoni  June 8
 Epip  July 8
 Mesori  August 7
 Little Month  September 6

Coptic Feasts and Fasts

Everyday, we celebrate our salvation and the life of victory in Christ our Good Savior. Every Sunday, the Church celebrates Christ's birth, suffering, death, and Resurrection. The Church has 14 Feasts for the Lord, 7 major ones and 7 minor ones. On average the Church commemorates 3 martyrs every day of the year.  

The Seven Major Feasts of the Lord:

  1. Annunciation (Barmahat 29)
  2. Nativity / Christmas (Koiak 29/ January 7)
  3. Epiphany (The Revelation of the Divinity of the Lord) (Tobi 11/January 19)
  4. Palm Sunday (Floats)
  5. Resurrection (Easter (Floats)
  6. Ascension (40 days after resurrection)
  7. Pentecost (50 days after Resurrection)

The Seven Minor Feasts of the Lord:

  1. Circumcision (Tobi 6/January 14)
  2. Entering the Temple (Meshir 8)
  3. Visit to Egypt (Pashons 24)
  4. The Wedding at Canna of Galilee (Tobi 13)
  5. Transfiguration (Mesori 13)
  6. Maundy / Covenant Thursday (Floats)
  7. Thomas Sunday (First Sunday after Easter Sunday)

The Feasts of the Cross:

  1. The Discovery of the Cross (Thout 17,18,19)
  2. The Appearance of the Cross (Baramahat 10)

Other prominent Feasts include:

  1. The Virgin Mary's Entrance to the temple (dedication) (Koiak 3)
  2. The departure / dormition of the Virgin Mary (Tobi 21)
  3. The Ascension of the Virgin Mary's body (Mesori 16)
  4. Archangel Michael (Hathor 12) 
  5. Archangel Gabriel (Koiak 22)
  6. Archangel Rafael (Nessi 3)
  7. The Four Incorporeal Beasts (Hathor 8)
  8. The 24 Priests (Hathor 24)
  9. The Martyrdom of John the Baptist (Thout 2)
  10. Apostles / Peter and Paul (Epip 5, July 12)
  11. Nayrouz / the Coptic New Year (Thout 1st, September 11th/12th)
  12. St. Mark (Baremoude 30) 

The Church commemorates the Annunciation, Nativity and Resurrection of our Lord on the 29th day; the Virgin Mary on the 21st day; and the Archangel Michael on the 12th day of the Coptic month.

These are the dates for the Feasts and Fasts of the Coptic Orthodox Church that change every year. 

 Year 

 Jonah's Fast

 Start of Lent

 Easter Sunday

Ascension Sunday 

Pentecost Sunday 

Start of Apostles' Fast 

 2012/
1738
 Feb 6 - 8  Feb 20  April 15  May 24  June 3  June 4
Tobi 28 - 30 Meshir 12 Baremoude 7 Pashons 16 Pashons 26 Pashons 26
 2013/
1729
 Feb 25 - 27  March 11  May 5  June 13  June 23  June 24
Meshir 18 - 20 Baremhat 2 Baremoude 27 Paoni 6 Paoni 16 Paoni 16
 2014/
1730
 Feb 10 - 12  Feb 24  April 20  May 29  June 8  June 9
Meshir 3 - 5 Meshir 17 Baremoude 12 Pashons 21 Paoni 1 Paoni 2
 2015/
1731
 Feb 2 - 4  Feb 16  April 12  May 21  May 31  June 1
Tobi 25 Meshir 9 Baremoude 4 Pashons 13 Pashons 23 Pashons 24
 2016/
1732
 Feb 22 - 24  March 7  May 1  June 9  June 19  June 20
Meshir 14 Meshir 28 Baremoude 23 Paoni 2 Paoni 12 Paoni 13
 2017/
1733
 Feb 6 - 8  Feb 20  April 16  May 25  June 4  June 5
Tobi 29 - Meshir 1 Meshir 13 Baremoude 8 Pashons 17 Pashons 27 Pashons 28
 2018/
1734
 Jan 29 - 31  Feb 12  April 8  May 17  May 27  May 28
Tobi 21 -23 Meshir 5 Baremhat 30 Pashons 9 Pashons 19 Pashons 20

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