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x Festivals and Celebrations in Cairo

Since the Pharaonic Era, Egyptians are renowned for their unique way for celebrating important events in their life. Due to the prominent position of Cairo as the capital of Egypt and the cultural center of the Middle East it hosts various religious and literary festivals and celebrations annually. Firstly, Cairo International Book Fair: In the period from 22 January till 5 February, the area of Nasr City International Fair Grounds hosts one of the most important literary festivals in the Middle East which is Cairo International Book Fair. The procedures of the festival encloses organizing lectures for the prominent Arab writers and men of intellect for discussing important Arabic and international books that have been written and other interesting issues. Secondly, Cairo International Film Festival: Cairo hosts also the annual Cairo International Film Festival in the period from the 18th till the 28th of November. It is the first film festival to be held in the Middle East and the first time for holding it was in 1976. There are many other festivals organized in Cairo including the International Cairo Fashion Exhibition and Cairo International Experimental Theater Festival. In addition, there are many religious ceremonies and street fairs celebrated by Egyptians. For Egyptians, food is an essential means for celebrating such occasions since each of these days has its own specific dishes or deserts to be prepared in. Attending these celebrations allows great chance for knowing more about the Egyptian traditions and habits. On top of these celebrations are: Eid El Fitr or Lesser Feast after the end of Ramadan Eid El Adha or Greater Feast in the 10th of Zuo El Heja month after performing pilgrimage. Prophet’s Day or Moulid El Naby is an important event that has its unique taste in Egypt since streets are usually enlightened with colorful lights, and special deserts called Halawet El Mulid or the Prophets’ day deserts are usually displayed in the shop windows everywhere. Mulid El Hussein is one of the major street fairs where Sufis   gather in the streets around El Hussein Mosque with their banners and nusical instruments for about a month. In the same way Mulid El Sayida Zaynab, and El Sayida Eisha are celebrated.

 

Places to Visit in Cairo

The Egyptian Museum in Cairo

The Egyptian Museum is a two-story Museum that was erected in 1900 with a unique neoclassical architectural style. The museum consists of 107 halls each of them encloses a rare collection of artifacts like jewels, tutankhamoun treasures, mummies and so.It includes about 120,000 piece of rare Pharaonic artifacts that date from ancient Egypt. Address: Thrir Read More

What to See in The Islamic Art Museum

The Museum of Islamic Art lies in Maydan Ahmed Maher in the corner where Sharia Muhammad Ali joins Sharia Port Said. One can visit the museum any time except for Friday at the time of Noon prayer.This museum involves a marvelous worth seeing collection of monuments from different eras. There is a rare collection of Read More

Al Azhar Park

   A relatively new park in the city, on the Road of Salah Salem with fantastic views over the Old the city and the mameluk cemetry. It was designed and prepared by the foundation of the Agha Khan over the rubish dump of El-Darrasa. The park has three restaurants, cafteria and a lake.     Read More

El Muallaqa Church or The Hanging Church

The Hanging Church locates in the District of Misr El Qadima in the Coptic Compound. It is one of the most famous and the oldest churches in Cairo. It takes its name from the fact that it is built on the top of the southern tower of Babylon fortress.The church dates back to the 7th Read More

Bab El-Futuh

Bab El Futuh or the gate of conquest, the northen fortress of Fatimid Cairo, lies in the Street of Bab El-Nasr next to the mosque of El-Hakim . This gate and the other gates including Bab El-Nasr were established by the Armenian Emir Badr El-Gamaly before the Crusaders as a replacement of the broken down Read More

Bab El-Nasr

Bab El-Nasr or the gate of victory lies in Bab El-Nasr Street next to Bab-El-Futuh and the mosque of El-Hakim. Like the other gates of Cairo, it was established by the Armenian Emir Badr El-Gamal to protect the Fatimid Cairo from the outer invaders. This gate is considered as a rare example for the buildings Read More
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