Coptic Christmas is a religious celebration that takes place around the beginning of January. During the festival, there will be colorful parades, music concerts, and theatrical performances centered on religious themes. The Islamic New Year, which falls in January, commemorates Mohammed’s journey from Mecca to Medina.
Union Day is observed as a public holiday in February. Coptic Easter is celebrated in March and is the most significant feast on the Coptic calendar. Christians pay visits to relatives to observe memorial feasts. The Abu Simbel Festival commemorates the most beautiful vistas in the world at the Abu Simbel Temple. The inner chamber is illuminated to commemorate his ascension to the throne. This event occurs towards the end of February.
Camel Races and More
Sinai Liberation Day, observed in April, commemorates the departure of Israeli forces from the Sinai Peninsula after the 1979 peace accord between Israel and Egypt. Shem al Nessim is the holiday that heralds the arrival of spring. The holiday is observed across the country on the Monday after Coptic Easter. International Camel Competitions involve a race amongst the region’s top camels. This is really exciting to watch as the riders race these camels to see who can go the quickest. Labor Day is celebrated in May and includes several festivities and parties. The National Fishing Competition attracts a large audience and has become a local institution.
Remembrance Festivals and Art
The Leylet en-Nuktah celebration is celebrated in June to commemorate the ascent of the Nile, also known as the drop. Evacuation Day commemorations are also conducted in honor of the evacuation of foreign troops in 1956. The Revolution Day festivities take place in July, as the area commemorates the collapse of the Egyptian regal government and the establishment of the Republic in 1952. An August art festival is recognized to be one of the most outstanding events in the Arab world. The celebration lasts all week, with colorful traditional art from Africa, Europe, and Asia on display.