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Fun and festivities in Egypt - celebrations, festivals and cultural events

Egypt is a Muslim country, whose holidays reflect the interpenetration of culture and religion. Along with religious events, in Egypt, there are many secular festivals with deep historical roots. The New Year is not considered an official holiday in the country, however, the local people gladly join the fun. Buildings are decorated with bright garlands, shop windows - with bright red poinsettia flowers. Hotels present show programs including performances of oriental dancers and popular DJs. Two important religious holidays are celebrated in January. At the beginning of the month, Christians celebrate Coptic Christmas. On the eve of the event, closer to midnight, Copts go to the church service. On Christmas day, cities host concerts, parades, street representations on biblical themes. The turn of the Islamic New Year comes at the end of January. The holiday of Al-Hijra symbolizes the Prophet Mohammed's journey from Mecca to Medina.
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Another important event for all Muslims in Egypt is such a religious event as Maulud, the birthday of the prophet Mohammed. Residents of the country visit mosques where sermons on the prophet's precepts are read. The celebration is usually combined with good deeds: almsgiving, charity, prayers. Streets of the cities are decorated with colored lanterns. There are solemn processions involving dervishes, musicians playing tumblers and tambourines. Everywhere you can see tents selling oriental sweets: Turkish delight, nougat, nuts. Here you can also buy a traditional festive treat - sugar figurines in the shape of "the prophet's bride" or an armed horseman. The end of the holy month of Ramadan is celebrated with rich feasts and folk festivals. The holiday of Eid al-Fitr lasts three days. Eid al-Adha is a festival dedicated to sacrifices as a sign of the end of the Hajj.
The Sun Festival in Abu Simbel is timed to the victory of Pharaoh Ramses II over the Hittites. In commemoration of the event, two temples were cut in the rock on the banks of the Nile: in honor of the Pharaoh himself and his wife. Tourists from all over the world come to see how the sun's rays illuminate the stone statues of the ruler, the gods Ptah, Amun, and Ra. Residents of the surrounding areas arrange large-scale celebrations with music, dancing, and costumed performances. In the evening, a fascinating laser show telling about the history of Egypt takes place at the walls of the temple. The Cairo International Film Festival is held in winter. In February, you can visit the World Book Fair, which is visited by world-famous writers. The annual fishing festival with contests and prizes takes place in Hurghada at the same time. Copyright
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The first day of March is called the Day of Sports. The Egyptian government is actively supporting the development of sports. On this day, all cities host competitions, parades of athletes, and matches of local sports clubs. At the end of the month, Mother's Day is celebrated. It symbolizes the great importance of family ties for all Egyptians. The country holds festive concerts in gratitude to all mothers. Coptic Easter falls on March. It is an important Christian holiday when Coptic families gather at a big table to pray for the dead. Immediately after this comes the time of the Egyptians' favorite holiday - Sham Ennessim, which translates as "Scent Of The Western Wind". An ancient spring holiday is associated with the renewal of nature. Egyptians leave their houses and have picnics on riverbanks. Traditional dishes include a green salad, "Fesikh" salted fish, and painted eggs. People give each other sweets and flowers, ride on boats.
In April, the city of El Arish becomes the venue for the Camel Fair. Traditional camel races are organized within the framework of the festival. That's how the fastest camel and the most skilled rider of Egypt are determined. The end of the month is marked by an important national holiday - Sinai Liberation Day. Labor Day in Egypt is celebrated on May 1 by demonstrations on the streets. In the same month, Sharkia hosts the impressive International Arabian Horse Fair where you can see legendary stallions in all their glory and even admire their dancing. In June, Egyptians pay tribute to the day of the withdrawal of foreign troops from Egypt in the middle of the 20th century. The holiday is called the Day of Liberation. The Day of Revolution is celebrated at the end of July. It reminds Egyptians of the establishment of a new power in the country and the monarch's abdication from the throne.
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Tourists are recommended to visit the Tourism Festival in July where the best hotels and restaurants offer incredible discounts. In mid-August, Egyptians celebrate Wafaa el Nil (Flooding of the Nile). In ancient times, the great river was the only source of fresh water, and its return to the coast after a drought promised a rich harvest. The ancient Egyptians associated Flooding of the Nile with the goddess Isis' weeping for her deceased spouse - god Osiris. The present-day festival lasts for two weeks. Fun festivities are organized for visitors. On the river, there are competitions in windsurfing, swimming, rowing. Within the framework of the event, you can visit flower exhibitions and historical presentations.
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Ancient Thebes Necropolis

From the series “The Unesco World Heritage Sites in Africa”
The Thebes Necropolis is one of the most important sights of Egypt. Here, one can see the unique burials of pharaohs, preserved memorial stamps and other historical buildings connected with the culture of the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes. Among the memorials one must mention, in particular, the temple of Queen Hatshepsut, located in the district of Deir el-Bahari. The memory temple of Ramses III. Is also very interesting and worth seeing.

Most of the monuments that can be seen on the territory of the Necropolis were erected in the period from the 22nd to the 12th century BC. Surprisingly, many of them have retained their original shape almost invariably after several thousand years. The most famous and significant sights of the historical complex are the Karnak and Luxor Temples, which … Read all

Pyramid of Djoser

From the series “Top Survived Pyramids from Previous Civilizations”
The Pyramid of Djoser, located in Saqqara, is one of the most explored and recognizable Egyptian pyramids. Today it is not only the exact date of pyramid construction (2630-2612 BC) but the so-called architect, the priest Imhotep. He has designed the project of the majestic pyramid designed for the funeral of Pharaoh Djoser and the members of his family. The height of the pyramid is 62 meters, its construction consists of six high steps composed of several limestone blocks.

The most interesting construction element is not the huge steps, but the deep vertical pit in the interior of the pyramid, which reminds us of the dolmens of the Neolithic period. Within the pit is the large sarcophagus, which was placed on the ruins of the construction of the unknown origin. The curious ruins, … Read all
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Expo 2020 in Dubai Was Visited by More Than 7 Million Visitors

If you haven’t visited this event yet, there is still time to book a hotel in Dubai because Expo 2020 Dubai runs until 31 March 2022. People who are unable to visit the emirate can make a virtual tour on the Expo 2020 website. By the way, the virtual visitation has already reached 31.6 million by the end of December. Read this


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Attractions and entertainment in top cities of Egypt

Nightlife facilities are not very common in Cairo comparing to numerous Eastern cities. However, fans of club music and cocktails will don’t have to be bored in the city. Fans of dancing are recommended to visit After Eight disco. Various colorful parties are held here literally every day. Among the bars of the city travellers are recommended to visit Sand. The bar has gained sufficient popularity with visitors due to rich choice of refreshments and a diversified entertainment program. High … Read more
Sharm el-Sheikh
Holidays in Sharm El Sheikh would be incomplete without shopping; Old Market is the most popular and colorful. Here you can buy the most popular souvenirs, including hookahs and essential oils, as well as cosmetics and perfumes, beautiful plates with local style ornament and papyri. A walk through the local national parks will be an unforgettable adventure; there are two of them in the city, Ras Mohammed and Nabq. All those interested can walk in mangroves and watch representatives of the … Read more
Fans of gambling won’t be bored, as great Intercontinental casino operates in Hurghada. It is located in the hotel of the same name; the casino is open for free visits and has a comfortable ambience. Hurghada is an acclaimed center of nightlife; after dark, visitors will find numerous night clubs and discos here. The most popular disco of the city is the Calipso; the music here doesn’t stop until the morning. Several times a week, colorful shows and original theme parties are arranged for … Read more
If you are looking for an ultimate fun in Alexandria, definitely check out the San Giovanni nightclub. Here you will enjoy theme parties with famous DJs and local stars of the dance show. In the night world of Alexandria, this institution can be called unique. Here, all the laws of the real club life of Europe with champagne until the morning, afterparties, vinyl records are strictly followed. A light touch of Arab piquancy is added to European traditions. San Giovanni King's is a bar, where … Read more
South Sinai is an ideal place where you can explore the underwater world of coral reefs. Local excursions are made for people without any sports, diving or snorkelling skills. The coral islands are located close to Ras Nasrani cape. Tiran is a small uninhabited island which attracts a great number of tourists in high season. If you want to find a secluded place where you can explore local sea flora and fauna, you should look for another place. However, Tiran is a picturesque place where … Read more

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