The greatest times to fully immerse oneself in Egypt's intriguing culture are around the country's festivals and national holidays. will objective is to provide complete information about all of Egypt's festivals and public holidays. A group of expert tour guides, tour operators, and travel consultants who are knowledgeable about Egypt's history and culture put together this article. Since they are commemorated by the entire community and come in a variety of colours and categories, Egypt's public holidays are incredibly distinctive. Some holidays are established while others aren't; some are religious while others are secular.
In addition, we celebrate national and social holidays, some of which are recognized as holidays and others which are not, all of which are recognized as having a singular period of time which reveals an incredible part of the immense culture of ancient and modern Egypt you can know them with our Egypt trips.
Here are the famous festivals and public holidays in Egypt:
1. Islamic Holidays & Festivals in Egypt in 2023
The First of Moharam:
All Egyptians are given the day off because it marks the start of the Islamic calendar. On that day, Egyptians fast in accordance with Sunni Islam.
The 12th of Rabea Awaal, also known as "Mawlid El-Nabi," is one of the most spellbinding Egyptian festivals for Muslims worldwide since it commemorates the birth of the prophet Muhammad. The Mawlid observance was approved by the four Sunni legal schools. Streets and mosques are decked during such enthralling celebrations, and food is served you can know it with our day tour of Islamic Cairo.
The 27th from Ragab:
The prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, made a spiritual and a bodily journey to the heavens during this festival known as "Laylat Al Isra W Al Mi'raj". The Holy Quran makes reference to the Isra and Mi'raj occurrences.
Because of its customs and its feast at the end, it is the ninth month on the Islamic calendar and is regarded as the most significant one. Except for those with illnesses, those who must travel, those who have children, those who are elderly, those who are breastfeeding, and those who are pregnant, everyone else must fast during the day during this entire month. They wait till they are out of the sun before they eat, drink, or engage in sexual activity also you can learn more about Ramadan when you take one of our Egypt travel packages during Ramadan.
It's one of the most well-known celebrations in Egypt, and it celebrates the conclusion of Ramadan. The first day of the Shawwal month has arrived. Following Salat el-Eid, people meet for magnificent celebrations all over the world and enjoy a variety of foods, particularly ka'ak and biscuits. They visit several gardens, ride in a felucca on the Nile, and engage in a variety of amazing activities.
The 9th of Dhu’l-Hijjah:
The month of Dhu'l-Hijjah, which is the last in the Muslim calendar, is known as "The Day of Arafat" and it is a particularly significant day for Muslims. The reason for the sacrifice comes next. This day is a festival and practically all Muslims fast on it because it is the day of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.
Muslims commemorate the sacrifice that Ibrahim was going to make with his son Isma'il as a sign of obedience to God's commands, but God substituted a lamb in its place. This sacrifice is known as "The Festival of Sacrifice" in Islam. On the tenth of Dhu'l Hijjah, this day occurs.
2. Coptic Holidays & Festivals in Egypt in 2023
Birth of Jesus Christ Festival:
Given that it commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ, this day holds special significance for Coptic Christians.
Christmas, one of the most significant Coptic Egyptian holidays honoring the birth of Jesus Christ, falls on this day. The majority of the world's countries observe it as a public holiday, and there are several customs and traditions associated with it, such as exchanging gifts, completing an Advent calendar, listening to Christmas carols, and lighting a Christingle. Additionally, there are church services, a special supper, the pulling of Christmas crackers, and the exhibition of various Christmas decorations, such as holly, garlands, wreaths, nativity scenes, Christmas trees, and lights. Christmas Eve is the evening of this holiday, when the majority of Christians eat various types of food for dinner. At this time of year, many travelers like to visit Egypt to celebrate Christmas with our Egypt Christmas tours.
Easter Festival, Sham El Nassim:
This state holiday in April, which honors the memory of Jesus' rising from the dead three days after his crucifixion, is observed by the majority of Orthodox Christians. The Holy Week comes after the Christians' 55-day fast, which begins with Palm Sunday and includes Good Friday ("The Crucifixion of Jesus"), Maundy Thursday ("Jesus' Last Supper"), Holy Saturday ("Easter's Eve"), and Easter Sunday. In addition to purchasing new, vibrant clothing for the celebration, Christians also partake in a variety of traditional Egyptian foods, such as fish, chicken, Fattah, and many more. Easter is a popular time for travelers to spend in Egypt through our Egypt easter tours.
3. National Holidays in Egypt in 2023
Revolution of January 25:
This day marks the start of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution. During that time, the 30-year-ruling president of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, was overthrown by the people. Similar to National Police Day is this day.
Liberation Day in Sinai:
Today marks the day in 1982 when all Israeli military forces left the Sinai Peninsula. also you can visit Sinai mountain and st.catrina with our Sharm el Shiekh day tours
Day of Labour:
It's one of the most celebrated Egyptian holidays among Egyptian employees working in any position of authority in Egypt.
30 June Revolution:
It stands for the 2013 Egyptian uprising to remove Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.
The July 23rd Revolution of 1952:
It is a national holiday in Egypt on this day, which commemorates the 1952 Egyptian Revolution.
Feast of Sinai Liberation:
This military holiday honours the Egyptian military's victory in the October conflict.
4. Ancient Egypt Festivals
En Nuktah Leylet:
Beautiful women were sacrificed to please the gods and bring floods to the ancient Egyptian regions because of their sincere love for the Nile. Although they no longer sacrifice animals, modern Egyptians still commemorate this special day on June 17 by going on picnics and camping out together because the Nile is the heart and soul of all Egyptian life. you can try camping in the Egyptian desert with our Egypt desert safari tours.
Wafaa Al Nile:
Another significant Egyptian celebration, Wafaa Al-Nile, takes place each year in September and is called "Fidelity of the Nile." Children in contemporary Egypt begin to practice various activities during a festival like children's painting contests, and Egyptians attend concerts and read poetry. This incident closely resembles the tradition of the Pharaohs honoring the Nile, you can enjoy the Nile and take one of our Egypt Nile cruise tours.
Sun Festival at Abu Simbel is on February 22.
One of the most important Egyptian historical sites is Abu Simbel, where you can view the sun god sculptures of the inner sanctuary illuminated by a beam of sunshine twice a year (this festival is also celebrated on October 22) with our Aswan day tours. Outside the temple, locals celebrate with live music, street food (save room for some fresh koshari), and traditional Nubian dancing.