Coptic Calendar

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This calendar began in the year 284 to commemorate the accession of Emperor Diocletian and as a result of the persecutions perpetrated by the Romans on the Coptic community in Egypt. The calendar's first day corresponded to 29 August in the Julian calendar and to 11 September in the Gregorian calendar, the day when the Copts celebrate the Festival of Martyrs.

SEE ALSO Gregorian Calendar;Julian Calendar.