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National traditions of Egypt. Habits, mentality and the way of living

Nile River in Cairo night scene Egyptians are religious people. Most of the inhabitants of the country profess Islam, therefore life in Egypt is based on Muslim dogmas. Once the muezzin's singing is heard from the top of the minaret, believers drop everything and go to pray. The hot climate has defined the second main feature of the Egyptians' national character - calmness. People in Egypt do not like to be in a hurry. That's why they are often late and spend a lot of time for making decisions. Non-punctuality and slowness are justified by the habit of living by the "Egyptian time". Egyptians' favorite word is "Bukra", which means "tomorrow". They rarely refuse, but do not hesitate to repeatedly move an appointment to a later date and postpone the fulfillment of the promised.
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People of Egypt are open and friendly, but non-observance of the rules of local etiquette causes disapproval. At the first meeting, people of different sex greet each other only verbally. Men introduce themselves first. Public opinion is of great importance to Egyptians. To prevent rumors and gossips, marital status is always mentioned in communication. Men greet each other with a handshake. You can only use the right hand since the left is considered "unclean". Close friends and male relatives hug and kiss each other's cheeks. For women, a handshake and a symbolic kiss are compulsory. The introduction ends with the phrase "Fursa saida," which means "Nice to meet you".
Despite the insistence on local standards, Egyptians are quite tolerant. There are many foreigners in the country who are married to Egyptians or work in local companies. In local cities, Christian churches operate along with mosques. The neighborhood of the two faiths is clearly visible in Cairo and Alexandria. Muslims and Christians are often friends, celebrating religious holidays together. Egyptian men often have foreign wives. The family is the most important value in their lives, so divorces are rare. In villages and small settlements, several generations live under one roof. In large cities, young families move away from their parents and live separately. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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An Egyptian man is the head of the family. He maintains his wife and children, being responsible for their well-being. In their spare time, Egyptians watch football in male company, leaving their houses and gathering in sports bars on days of important matches. Most women are housewives who do the housework, watch TV and receive guests. Residents of Egypt like to visit each other late at night, and often sit up till midnight. Masters of the house offer their guests light snacks and refreshments, tea or coffee with sweets. Invited foreigners are served national dishes, the refuse from which is impolite. The meal is accompanied by lively conversations and jokes.
Sharm el-Sheikh medical services As true Muslims, Egyptians do not accept pork and alcohol. A gift in the form of a bottle of expensive alcohol is perceived as an insult to the religious feelings. The ban on alcohol has led to an increase in the number of smokers in the country. Smoking cigarettes and hookah that is locally known as "Shisha" is common in Egypt. The Egyptians are cheerful people and easily come into contact with foreigners. If they liked a person, they will try to strike up a friendship with him or her. When talking with local residents, try to be cautious in your statements. Criticism of the country and government is regarded as a personal offense and brings to naught the communication.
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Residents of Egypt are extremely superstitious. Protective amulets, talismans of health and wealth are in huge demand. Similar attributes are found everywhere: in poor houses and luxury apartments, small shops and brand stores. Egyptian superstition sometimes reaches the point of absurdity. Excessive praise, compliments to women and children may be regarded as attempts to put the evil eye. This kind of words are accompanied by the traditional "Mashallah!", which means "as God willing". Egyptians love, pamper their children and try to protect them in all possible ways. In order not to cause envy, they are given simple names, dressed in rags and smeared with soot.
The respect of the Egyptians for their own traditions is manifested in their love for national clothes. Men wear long "jellabiya" cotton shirts and short pants, their heads are covered with a felt "lebda". The traditional outfit of Egyptian women is the black hijab. It is decorated with bright details and laces. Wealthy men and women who have received higher education dress in a western manner. Tourists are allowed to wear usual clothes, if it is not tight-fitted and does not reveal shoulders, back, neckline or legs.
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Unique traditions in cities of Egypt

Cairo
There is also a range of strict rules regarding purchase and consumption of alcoholic beverages. They can be purchased in special stores only. Drinking alcohol is allowed in restaurants and bars only. The appearance in the city in a drunken state is considered a sign of bad education and violation of public order. Beautiful markets are known as one of the main "national places of interest" in Cairo. Here you can find absolutely different items. Bargaining remains a kind of a ritual, and both … Read more
Sharm el-Sheikh
The picturesque Soho area is often called the Little Britain, because it really looks like a classic ​​British town. Here you can find not only a great number of European restaurants, but even original phone booths, exactly the same as could be found on British streets. Indeed, this area is considered the most European in the city. Very beautiful and well maintained, it is ideal for evening walks. Elite Soho also features European-style high prices; there are only high-end shops and dining … Read more
Hurghada
Those who expect to make new friends and interact with local business partners should remember that a man always has a priority comparing to a woman. According to local rules of etiquette, a man should be presented to a group first. To show respect to new acquaintances, you should definitely say ‘Fours Said,’ which means ‘Nice to meet you.’ Tourists who visit the city on business matters should not rush into discussion of critical business issues. Townspeople are used to make … Read more
Alexandria
Many tourists may find the indigenous people rather slow, even the most important and urgent things they are accustomed to doing things slowly. Punctuality is also not a distinctive feature of the inhabitants of Alexandria, they may be late for an important business meeting, and at the same time not burden themselves with apologies and explanations for the reasons. Despite the fact that religious practices prohibit local residents from drinking alcohol, citizens do not object if one of the … Read more

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