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    Egypt is a unique country that stands on the crossroads of Asia and Africa. The people in this country are really welcoming and so the festivals here are colorful and vibrant. Not only is Egypt known for its golden and grandeur ancient civilization, but also for its grand festivals that are celebrated today. As a place which is known for its unity and equality within the society, with Muslims and Christians living in harmony with each other unlike many other Middle Eastern nations, the unique spectrum of the Egyptian Civil Society of this ancient land is worth a watch. Here is a list of the amazing festivals in Egypt.

    12 Best Festivals In Egypt

    After some research and first-hand experience, we have come up with a list containing the best and the most unique festivals that one should attend while planning to go to this beautiful Arab nation. We hope that our guide helps you have a fulfilling and enjoyable trip which adds more colors to your whole holidaying experience in the ancient land of Pharaohs and Pyramids.

    1. Ramadan

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    The most important month in the whole year for Muslims all across the world, the month of Ramadan in Egypt gives some of the most beautiful and unique spectacles that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. During this month most Muslims avoid food, drinks, and cigarettes from sunrise to sunset. Bazaars and markets come alive with fairy lighting and loads of people breaking their fast and celebrating their culture with their family and friends. If you are planning to travel to Egypt, try and travel during this month to have the best spectacle of this unique festival celebrated by society.

    Where is it Celebrated: All over Egypt
    When is it Celebrated: During the Holy Month of Ramadan
    Highlights of the festival: The night bazaars and markets are bustling with people.

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    2. Eid Al Adha

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    Popularly known as the “Sacrifice Feast” or the “Bakr Eid”, this perhaps is the second holiest day of the year for Muslims. It is one of the two holidays that is celebrated all around the world by Muslims in unison. It celebrates the will of Ibrahim, one of the important Prophets in Islam, to sacrifice his own son as an act of submission to the one true god Allah. Goats are sacrificed to celebrate this event and the meat from the goat is normally divided into three parts, the first 1/3rd part is consumed by the family, the second 1/3rd is given to relatives and friends and the last part is given to the needy and poor who can’t afford the same luxury.

    Where is it Celebrated: All over Egypt
    When is it Celebrated: Mid August
    Highlights: Sacrifice of Goats and the distribution of cooked food amongst family as well as the needy.

    3. Eid Al Fitr

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    Also known as the holiest day of the year, this holiday is celebrated by all the Muslims around the globe. Marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, this festival invites great celebrations which goes on until past midnight. Everyone puts on new clothes and greets each other with treats which mostly includes sweets and tributes including clothing. Many rich and middle-class people do charity for the poor and needy wherein they buy clothes and food for them. Employees get a bonus from their employers and everyone celebrates the spirit of oneness, peace, and brotherhood all around the country. This is a great occasion that one must experience while going to Egypt.

    Where is it Celebrated: All over Egypt
    When is it Celebrated: Start June, at the end of Ramadan
    Highlights: Meetup with family and friends to enjoy all night and the charity work.

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    4. Sphinx Festival

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    Although Egypt is a predominantly modern Islamic Society, the country hasn’t forgotten its extravagant past. The five day extravagant festival known as the Sphinx festival happens in the Red Sea resort town of El Gouna. This festival features various engaging activities related to the ancient Egyptian heritage and aims to educate people about ancient Egypt and inspires artists and travelers.

    Where is it Celebrated: El Gouna in Egypt
    When is it Celebrated: 26-29 June
    Highlights: Activities like dance, music and educational workshops to let people know about their history

    5. Coptic Christmas

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    Owing to its secularism and equality, the Christian holidays of Easter and Christmas both are national holidays in Egypt just like the Islamic holidays. Coptic Christmas is celebrated on the 7th of January and is celebrated all around Egypt regardless of faith and religion. Celebrated extravagantly especially in Cairo and Coptic regions of Egypt, the celebrations start around 1 week before the actual Christmas day. Following the evening mass and prayers, people gather to celebrate with a traditional dish of rice, garlic, and meat soup.

    Where is it Celebrated: Cairo and other Coptic regions of Egypt
    When is it Celebrated: 7th January
    Highlights: Extravagant feasts and warm tribute and food sharing.

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    6. Sham Al Naseem

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    Also known as Sniffing the Breeze festival, the Sham Al Naseem festival celebrates the arrival of spring. Like any other place, this ancient festival which welcomes spring is celebrated by all the people regardless of faith. Families gather together and go for picnics to parks, beaches, and historical sites with a basket filled with traditional food items. Street dancers, entertainers, and vendors line the street and entertain the people.

    Where is it Celebrated: All across Egypt
    When is it Celebrated: Start of April
    Highlights: Family get together, picnics and fun with friends and family


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    7. Leylet en Nuktah

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    Egyptians worship the Nile as a deity because it was the place of the first civilization in the region and this auspicious motherly river still remains an important source of water as well as a livelihood for the Egyptian people. Ancient Egyptians used to celebrate this festival by worshipping the Nile river by sacrificing beautiful women to appease their gods. Although sacrifices are no longer a part of the tradition, modern Egyptians celebrate this festival on June 17 by organizing picnics and family get together on the banks of river Nile.

    Where is it Celebrated: on the banks of river Nile
    When is it Celebrated: 17 June
    Highlights: Women put out dough balls representing family members overnight and examine them the morning next day and predict the longevity and fortune in the life of each of the family member.

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    8. Mawlid an-Nabi

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    Another one of the important Islamic festivals celebrated in Egypt is Mawlid an-Nabi which marks the birth of Prophet Muhammad and is celebrated with great festivities all around Egypt. Families come together and celebrate these festivities with each other. Traditional foods are sold on the roadside and people eat hummus with traditional food and celebrate this holiday with great joy.

    Where is it Celebrated: All across Egypt
    When is it Celebrated: Late November
    Highlights: Great Parades and processions happen on this day with streets filled with dancers, acrobats, drummers and entertainers.

    9. Wafaa Al-Nil

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    Another festival dedicated to the auspicious Nile is Wafaa Al Nil or Fidelity of the Nile which is celebrated each year in the month of September to celebrate the importance of this river for the Egyptian people. This is mostly a cultural festival which includes concerts, poetry readings, and events for the Egyptian children.

    Where is it Celebrated: All across Egypt
    When is it Celebrated: The month of September
    Highlights: Concerts, poetry and knowledge events for children

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    10. Sun Festival at Abu Simbel

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    According to ancient Egyptian mythology, the sun god was the most important deity for the ancient Egyptians. Celebrated at the biggest temple of the ancient world at Abu Simbel, the festival is celebrated on the dates of 22nd February and 22nd October when the sun rays reach the innermost sanctums of the temple and only the statue dedicated to Ptah the goddess of darkness remains in the dark. Other important deities like Ra, Ramses and Amun get enlightened, creating a spectacular scene for all those that are present at the temple. This is one of the best-recommended things to experience from around the world. This is a recommended thing for you to witness while on a trip to this ancient yet spectacular land of the world’s most advanced ancient civilization of the world.

    When is it Celebrated: 22nd February and 22nd October
    Where is it Celebrated: Abu Simbel

    11. Islamic New Year

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    Another one of the important Islamic festivals celebrated in Egypt, the Islamic New Year is one festival which is celebrated with grandness all around the world. New Year means new opportunities and new beginnings and the festival is celebrated by people in Egypt by preparing traditional Islamic as well as Arabic delicacies.

    When is it Celebrated: End August
    Where is it Celebrated: All across Egypt
    Highlights: Preparing traditional sweets and having family get together.

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    12. Eid Al Ghetass

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    Another example of the religious harmony of Egypt, Eid Al Ghetass commemorates the baptism of Jesus Christ which is also talked about in the holy Quran. Celebrated since ancient times in the region which is present-day Egypt. This is a festival celebrated by all of the community of Egypt. This festival serves as an example of the excellent display of communal harmony in Egypt. The celebration is a grand affair and celebrated with traditional sweets.

    Where is it Celebrated: All across Egypt
    When is it Celebrated: January
    Highlights: Celebrated with processions and grandness with making of traditional sweets

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    Egypt is a unique, united, secular, and open society which displays a vibrant life. More vibrant than the community of this nation are its festivals and we recommend you to try and witness most of the festivals on the list. We hope this guide helps you have a time of your life. Book your trip to Egypt with TravelTriangle now!


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