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Festivals and Public Holidays in Egypt

Egypt is known for its amazing and unconventional festivals. There are different types of public holidays in Egypt including Religious, customary, and national holidays. The Egyptians are known for their personable customs and traditions, starting from different clothes, types of food, and different holiday destinations. Here are the famous festivals and public holidays in Egypt:

Calendar of the Famous Festivals & Public Holidays in Egypt in 2020

Date Holiday Name Holiday Type
Tuesday, 7th of Jan 2020 Christmas Holiday Coptic Holiday
Saturday, 25th of Jan 2020 Revolution of 25 January National Holiday
Monday, 20th of Apr 2020 Sham El Nessim – Easter Coptic Holiday
Saturday, 25th of Apr 2020 Sinai Liberation Day National Holiday
Thursday, 30th of Apr 2020 Labour Day National Holiday
Saturday, 23rd of May 2020 End of Ramadan Islamic Holiday
 24th, 25th, 26th of May 2020 Eid Al Fitr Islamic Holiday
Tuesday, 30th of June, 2020 Revolution of 30 June National Holiday
Thursday, 23rd of July 2020 Revolution of 23 July at 1952 National Holiday
Thursday, 30th of July, 2020 Day of Arafat Islamic Holiday
31st, 1st, 2nd, 3rd of Aug 2020 Eid Al Adha Islamic Holiday
Thursday, 20th of Aug 2020 Islamic New Year Islamic Holiday
Tuesday, 6th of Oct 2020 Feast of Sinai Liberation National Holiday
Tuesday, 29th of Oct 2020 Mawlid al-Nabi al-Sharif Islamic Holiday

1. Islamic Holidays & Festivals in Egypt in 2020

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  • The First of Moharam “21st of Aug 2020”: This special day represents the beginning of the Islamic calendar and it is a holiday for all the Egyptians. According to Sunni Islam, Egyptians fast on that day.
  • The 12th of Rabea Awaal “29th of Oct 2020”: It is one of the most mesmeric Egypt holidays for all Muslims around the world as this day represents the date of birth of the prophet Muhammed “Peace and blessings be upon him” and it is called “Mawlid El-Nabi”. The four Sunni schools of law approved on the Mawlid observance. In such captivating festivals, Streets & Mosques are decorated and the food is distributed.
  • The 27th from Ragab “22nd of Mar 2020”: This festival is called “Laylat Al Isra W Al Mi’raj”, in which prophet Muhammed peace and blessings be upon him got a spiritual and a physical journey on the steed Buraq to heavens. The events of Isra & Mi’raj are referred to in the Holy Quran.
  • Ramadan “24th of Apr 2020”: It is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is considered the most important Islamic month because of its traditions and its festival at the end of it. During the whole of this month, fasting is fard during the daylight except for those who suffer from illness, have to travel, children, elderly, breastfeeding, and pregnant women. They don’t eat, drink, or get into a sexual relationship from sunshine until sunset. At the end of this month, there is Eid El-Fitr, in which all Muslims gather together to celebrate such a mesmerizing occasion.
  • Eid El-Fitr “24th of Apr 2020”: It’s one of the most famous Egypt festivals, this amazing celebration marks the end of Ramadan. It is the first day of the month of Shawwal. It starts with Salat el-Eid and then people gather in lovely celebrations everywhere eating different types of food especially Ka’ak and biscuits. They go to different gardens, try Felucca on the Nile, and practice different wonderful activities.
  • The 9th of Dhu’l-Hijjah “22nd of July 2020”: The month of Dhu’l-Hijjah represents the last month of the Muslim calendar and it has a very special occasion for the Muslims called “The Day of Arafat”. It is followed by the occasion of the sacrifice. Muslims go to Mecca to do their holly visit once a year so this day is a holiday and almost all Muslims fast on that day.
  • Eid El-Adha “22nd of July 2020”: It is called “The Festival of Sacrifice” as Muslims celebrate the sacrifice that Ibrahim was about to do with his son Isma’il as an act of obedience to the orders of God but God provided a lamb instead of the sacrifice of Ibrahim’s son. This day comes on the tenth of Dhu’l-Hijjah.

2. Coptic Holidays & Festivals in Egypt in 2020

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  • Birth of Jesus Christ Festival “7th of Jan 2020”: This is a very important date for Coptic Christians as it marks the birth of Jesus Christ.
  • Christmas Holiday “25th of Jan 2020”: this date marks “Christmas”, which is one of the most important Coptic Egypt holidays that commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ. It is a public holiday for most nations of the world in which there are many customs and traditions including gift-giving, completing an Advent calendar, Christmas music and caroling, lighting a Christingle. There is also an exchange of Christmas cards, church services, a special meal, pulling Christmas crackers and the display of various Christmas decorations, including Christmas trees, Christmas lights, nativity, scenes, garlands, wreaths, mistletoe scenes, and holly. On the night of this celebration, there is Christmas Eve, the dinnertime for the majority of Christians to eat different types of food. Lots of tourists favorite to come to Egypt at this time to enjoy Christmas in Egypt.
  • Sham El Nassim – Easter Festival “20th of Apr 2020”: Most of the Orthodox Christians celebrate this public holiday in April, which represents the memory of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, three days after being crucified. The Holly week follows the fasting of 55 days by the Christians, which starts with Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday “Jesus’ Last Supper”, Sad Friday “The Crucifixion of Jesus”, Holy Saturday “Easter’s Eve” and ends with Easter Sunday. In this festival, Christians buy new colorful clothes and eat different types of food including; fish, chicken, Fattah, and many other traditional Egyptian dishes. Lots of tourists love to spend this easter in Egypt.

3. National Holidays in Egypt in 2020

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  • Revolution of 25 January “25th of Jan 2020”: This day represents the beginning of the Egyptian Revolution of 2011. In the period, Egyptians decided to revolt against the reign of their president, Hosni Mubarak, who ruled for 30 years. This day also resembles the National Police Day.
  • Sinai Liberation Day “25th of April 2020”: It is the Sinai Liberation day when all Israel Military Forces withdrew from the land of Sinai in 1982.
  • Labour Day “1st of May 2020”: It’s one of the favorite Egyptian Holidays for the Egyptian workers in all governmental jobs in Egypt.
  • Revolution of 30 June “30th of June 2020”: It represents the Egyptian revolution in 2013 to get rid of the Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.
  • Revolution of 23 July at 1952 “23rd of July 2020”: This is the day of the Egyptian Revolution in 1952 and it is a national day in Egypt.
  •  Feast of Sinai Liberation “6th of Oct 2020”: It is the armed forces day that celebrates the success of the Egyptian Military in the October war.

There are social Egypt festivals including Mothers’ Day “21st of Mar 2020”, which is a day for all mothers to get majestic gifts from their children. There is also Sham El-Nessim Day “20th of Apr 2020”, in which most families get out of their houses, eating fesseekh, onions, and color eggs in the beautiful weather of Egypt.

4. Ancient Egypt Festivals

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  • Leylet en Nuktah: Because of the true love of the ancient Egyptians to the Nile, Beautiful women were sacrificed to appease the gods and get the flooding to the Ancient Egyptian lands. Modern Egyptians still celebrate such a memorable day on June 17th but instead of sacrificing, they go on picnics and camp together as the Nile is the inner soul of the whole of the Egyptian Life.
  • Wafaa Al Nile: Fidelity of the Nile or Wafaa Al-Nile is another important Egyptian festival that takes place annually in September. In Modern Egypt, Children start practicing different activities at such a festival like painting competitions for children, and Egyptians go to concerts and reading poetry. This occasion really resembles the Pharaonic legend of revering the Nile and its bounties.

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