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Event: Egyptian Christmas
Date: January 7th each year.

Activities:

While most of the Egyptian population is Muslim, there is a small but significant community of Christians belonging to the Coptic Orthodox Church. For the Coptic Christians of Egypt, Christmas is celebrated on January 7th each year. The Christmas season marks a time of fasting and vegetarianism for the community, and no meat or milk is taken from November 25th to the night of January 6th. Churches and Christian homes are festooned with lights, Christmas trees and manger scenes in the week leading up to Christmas, and on Christmas Eve, the 6th of January, celebrations in churches are held and the bells of the churches ring out. Christmas Day marks the end of fasting and picnics on the Nile are common places for celebrations. Children are given El 'aidia, the feast gift, to buy toys or sweets such as ice cream or sugar cane juice.



Event: Ramadan
Date: It is celebrated during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.

Activities: More than 90% of the Egyptian population is Muslim and Ramadan is a very important festival in the Islamic calendar. It is celebrated to honour the time when the Qu’ran was revealed to the prophet Mohammed. Followers of the Islamic faith fast for the entire month, and there is no eating, drinking, or smoking from sunrise until sunset. Certain exceptions are made for small children. The end of Ramadan and the end of the fasting is marked with a festival called Eid-al-Fitr and is celebrated with large feasts.

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