Egypt is known for its amazing and unpopular festival. There are various types of public holidays in Egypt, including religious, formal and national holidays. Egyptians are known for their personal customs and traditions, starting with different clothing, food styles and holiday destinations. Here are some public holidays in Egypt.
Religious Egypt Festival
Religious Egypt festivals are divided between Islamic and Coptic festivals and here are the most popular holidays among them:
Islamic holidays and festivals
First day of the Moharam:
This special day marks the beginning of the Islamic calendar, and it is a holiday for all Egyptians. According to Sunni Islam, Egyptians fast on that day.
Rabia Awwal’s 12th:
This is the largest holiday in Egypt for all Muslims around the world, as it represents the Prophet Muhammad’s “birthdate of the Prophet” and is called “Maulid el-Nabi”. At such festive occasions, roads and mosques are decorated and food is distributed.
27th from Ragab:
This festival is called “Lailat al Isra w al Mizraj”, where Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) received a spiritual and physical journey with Stade Burak to heaven. The Holy Qur’an mentions the events of Isra and Mi’raj.
It is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and it is considered as the most important Islamic month because of the traditions and the festival at the end of it. For those who suffer from ill health, except for daylighting, fasting throughout the month, they have to go without babies, the elderly, breastfeeding and pregnant women. They do not eat, drink or indulge in sex until sunset. Later this month, there is Eid da El Fitr, where all Muslims gather to celebrate this national commemoration.
This is one of Egypt’s most famous festivals, marking the end of Ramadan. It is the first day of the month of Sha’ul. It starts with Salaat al-withd and then people gather in various places, especially for celebrating Ka’ak and biscuits everywhere. They go to different gardens, try Feluca in the Nile, and practice various wonderful activities.
The ninth of Dhule-Hijjah:
The month of Dhubal-Hizhah marks the last month of the Muslim calendar, and it has a special program for Muslims called “Arafat Day”. This is followed on the occasion of sacrifice. Muslims travel to Mecca once a year to make their holy trip so this day is a holiday and almost all Muslims fast on that day.
It is called the “Festival of Sacrifice” by the Muslims who accept that Ibrahim was going to obey his son Isma’il as obedience to the command of God, but God did not offer the sacrificial lamb to Abraham’s son. This day comes on the tenth of Dhu-Hijjah.
Holidays and festivals in Coptic Egypt
The Feast of Neyrouz:
This day represents the first day of the Coptic calendar. There are 13 months in the Coptic calendar, 30 days in 12 months, and only five days in the last month.
From January 7th:
This is a very important date for Christians as it marks the birth of Jesus Christ.
From December 25Th:
This date is marked as “Christmas”, one of the most important holidays in Coptic Egypt in commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ. It is an official holiday for most nations of the world where many of the customs and traditions abound, including gift-giving, completing Advent calendars, Christmas music and caroling, christening fire. There are also Christmas cards, church services, a special meal, pulling Christmas crackers and displaying various Christmas decorations, including Christmas trees, Christmas lights, nativity, scenery, garlands, flowers, mistletoe scenes and holidays. On the eve of Christmas this celebratory night, most Christians have dinner to eat a variety of foods. Many travelers have chosen to come to Egypt at this time by booking Egypt Travel through Christmas tours.
Coptic Easter Sunday: Most Orthodox Christians celebrate this official holiday in April, which commemorates Jesus’ resurrection from the dead three days after the crucifixion. Holy Week follows the 55-day fast by Christians, which begins with “Jesus’ Last Supper” on Palm Sunday, Mandy Thursday, “crucifixion of Jesus” on Friday, “Easter’s Eve” on Holy Saturday and ends on Easter Sunday. At this festival, Christians buy new colorful clothing and eat with a variety of foods; Fish, chicken, fattahs and other traditional Egyptian foods. Many tourists love to spend this celebration in Egypt through Easter tours.
National holidays in Egypt
January 26: This day represents the beginning of the Egyptian Revolution. In time the Egyptians decided to rebel against the rule of their President Hosni Mubarak, who ruled for five years. This day is similar to National Police Day.
April 25: It’s Sinai Liberation Day when all Israeli military forces withdraw from Sinai in 1982.
May 1st: This is one of the favorite Egyptian holidays for Egyptian workers in all government jobs in Egypt.
July 23: This is the day of the Egyptian Revolution of 1952 and it is a national day in Egypt.
October 6th: This is Armed Forces Day, which celebrates the success of the Egyptian military in the October war.
There are social Egypt festivals, including Mother’s Day, which is a day for all mothers to receive glorious gifts from their children. There is also Sham el-Naseem Day, where most families leave home after eating the feces, onions and colored eggs in the beautiful Egyptian climate.
Festival of Ancient Egypt
Leylet en Nuktah:
Because of the ancient Egyptians’ genuine love for the Nile, beautiful women were sacrificed to appease the gods and to be prone to flooding in the ancient Egyptian territories. Modern Egyptians still celebrate such a memorable day on June 17, but without sacrificing, they head to the picnic and camp together because the Nilnan is the inherent life of the whole Egyptian life.
Another important Egyptian festival in the Nile or Wafa al-Nil is held each year in September. In modern Egypt, children begin various activities at festivals such as painting competitions for children, and Egyptians go to concerts and poetry readings. This occasion is really in line with the pharaonic legend of the Nile and its gardens.
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