Hurghada festivals are well-known and bring the town to life, with various religious and historical events remembering the region’s heritage. Hurghada’s festivals are well-known and well-attended every year. These include several feasts of local saints as well as historical figures.
Christmas in the Coptic Orthodox Church and the Islamic New Year Coptic Christmas takes place in the first week of January. Egyptians commemorate Christmas by attending Mass and fasting. The Islamic New Year, known as Al Hijra, also commemorates Mohammed’s journey from Mecca to Medina.
Hurghada International Festival
This 12-day festivity takes place throughout the first week of February. During the event, three sports disciplines are competed in. The triathlon competition is the first of its kind. The triathlon is followed by the 46-mile Mare Monti marathon. Running in the race takes racers off the road and into the mountains and sea. On the last day, there will be a big number of competitors in the Hurghada Half Marathon. There is also a Hurghada International Fishing Festival, which attracts contestants from across the world. During this event, everyone competes for the best catch.
Egypt Yoga Festival
This event, held every March, includes seminars as well as demonstrations. Many yoga gurus attend this event to teach yoga techniques. Visitors may learn about the advantages of yoga for both the mind and the body.
Shem al Nessim
This celebration commemorates the first day of spring in Hurghada and adjacent locations. This “sniffing of the wind” takes place on the Monday after Coptic Easter. Many people celebrate with outdoor picnics and activities.
Yacht Racing and Water Skiing Festival
This famous event takes place in Hurghada in October. Many boat owners and water skiers attend the fun and festivities. Local sailboat racing is entertaining to watch or participate in if you own one.
Other Hurghada Festivals
The date of Ramadan varies according to the calendar, but it includes a month of fasting. Muslims abstain from eating between the hours of dawn and dark. This improves their self-control and dedication to their Lord.
Revolution Day is a July holiday honoring the 1952 Revolution. The Egyptian monarchy was deposed at this time, and the Republic took its place.
Victory Day is observed in December and pays respect to the alliance formed with Arab countries (particularly Egypt) during the Yom Kippur War with Israel in 1973.