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Festivals of Egypt

Egypt is a wonderous country with many festivals and celebrations. Some festivals are historic, some are secular and some are religious.

Sham al-Naseem – March 25

Both Muslims and Christians in Egypt welcome the first day of Spring with a festive picnic called Sham al-Naseem, which means “the smell of spring”. On the twenty-first of March, the people gather for outdoor picnics. “Midamis” (kidney beans) and “fasiyah” (dried fish) are the traditional food of the day. Some people boat on the River Nile, and enjoy their picnics there. Everyone greets each other kindly, saying “al Salamu Alaycum”, which means “Peace be with you.”

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