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HOLIDAYS 2018 /1428 Higry
1-3 January  Eid El Adha  
7 January  Coptic Christmas
20 January  Islamic New Year  
29 January  Ashoorah Day
21 March  Family's Day (Mother's Day )

Egypt Motherday
31 March  Prophet Muhammad's Birthday (PBUH)
25 April  Sinai Liberation Day
29 April  Coptic Easter  
30 April  Sham El Nesseem  
1 May  Labor Day  
18 June  Evacuation Day(Eid El Galaa)
23 July  Revolution Day (EL SAWRA)  
13 September  Ramadan  
6 October  Armed Forces Day  
13 October  Eid El Fitr  
24 October  Suez & National Liberation Day  
19 December  Day of Arafat  
20- 23 December  Eid El Adha  
23 December  Victory Day  
1 January  New Year's Day  
15 January  Martin Luther King Day  
14 February  Valentine's Day  
19 February  President's Day  
17 March  St Patrick's Day  
6 April  Good Friday  
8 April  Easter  
13 May  Mother's Day  
30 May  Memorial Day  
17 June  Father's Day  
4 July  Independence Day(USA)
3 September  Labor Day(USA)  
7 November  Election Day(USA)  
22 November  Thanksgiving Day(USA)
24 December  Christmas  
31 December  New Year's Eve  

Coptic Christmas is celebrated on the 6 and 7th of January. On the night
of the 6, the Coptic Christians go to the church around 10 o'clock for the
holy mess and at midnight they eat dinner which includes a turkey. On
the morning of the 7th gifts are exchanged and then the young children
visit their grandparents and have the Christmas lunch at their place.

Day of Arafat is the 9th day of Dhul-Hijjah (the Month of Hajj) is called the
Day of Arafat. This day is the culminating event of the annual Islamic
pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The Day of Arafat falls on the 2nd
day of pilgrimage rituals. At dawn of this day, nearly 2 million Muslim
pilgrims will make their way from Mecca to a nearby hillside and plain
called Mount Arafat and the Plain of Arafat. It was from this site that the
Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, gave his famous Farewell
Sermon in his final year of life. During the entire day, from dawn until
sunset, Muslim pilgrims stand in earnest supplication and devotion,
praying for God's abundant forgiveness. Tears are shed readily as those
who gather make repentance and seek God's mercy, recite words of
prayer and remembrance, and gather together as equals before their
Lord. Muslims around the world who are not participating in the
pilgrimage often spend this day in fasting and devotion.

Eid-al-Adha is the second important holiday which celebrates the Prophet
Abraham's willingness to offer his son for sacrifice.It is a four days
holiday, on the first day at dawn all men, (and women if they want to), go
to the mosque to pray. . It is at this time that Muslims will have a sheep or
goat slaughtered to feed the poor and needy.Every family slaughter a
sheep, which they have already bought, and take some of its meat and
donate the majority of the meat to the poor. Then they have a late
breakfast which includes "Fata". "Fata" is formed of meat, bread, rice and
vinegar. Then the young families visit the grandparents and
relatives then they all gather at the eldest of the family and have lunch.

Muharram (Islamic New Year) marks the Muslim New Year. The Islamic
calendar is based on the phases of the moon and has 354 days.

Mulid El Naby (Prophet Muhammad's Birthday (PBUH))is an Islamic
holiday which is celebrated according to the Islamic lunar calendar. Mulid
El Nabawy means the birthday of the prophet. It is celebrated by making
special candies and selling them in the streets and at candies stores.
The candies are pink and are usually under the shape of a horse or a
doll. People wear their best clothes and families get together to celebrate
this day. Decorations are found on the streets and on buildings. Mulid El
Nabawy is the equivalent of Christmas

Sham El Nesseem which comes immediately after Easter; so, it always
occurs on Monday. Egyptians have been celebrating Sham El-Nessim (or
Spring Day) for more than 4500 years. It is called Sham El-Nessim
because the harvest season in ancient Egypt was called "Shamo". In
Arabic, Sham means smell and El-Nessim means air. In ancient Egypt,
Egyptians used to offer salted fish, lettuce and onion to Egyptian deities
in this festivity. The same kinds of food are still eaten in Egypt on this
day, as a tradition giving the day a special taste. Lettuce represents the
feeling of hopefulness at the beginning of spring. As for eggs, they
symbolize the renewal of life in this season. Many people dye eggs in
delightful colors. It is believed that ancient Egyptians were the first to
practice this habit. Salted fishes are also eaten on this day because they
symbolize fertility and welfare.

Revolution Day is July 23, Egypt's National Holiday. It celebrates
revolution which occurred in 1952.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim calendar. It is during this
month that Muslims observe the Fast of Ramadan. Lasting for the entire
month, Muslims fast during the daylight hours and in the evening eat
small meals and visit with friends and family. It is a time of worship and
contemplation. A time to strengthen family and community ties.

Armed Forces Day is on October 6. It is the celebration of the Egyptian
army's crossing into Sinai in 1973.

Eid El Fitr which comes after Ramadan.. People eat special cookies. This
holiday is for the Muslim Egyptians. It is a three days holiday, on the first
day at dawn all men, (and women if they want to), go to the mosque to
pray. And usually you are invited to lunch at uncles, aunts, or friends.
Most of Egyptian labors and workers, and employments in al the official
government departments  , stopped work  in the last ten days in
Ramadan , also the first  ten days after Ramadan month so that  the total
and real day  all the worker stopped from work is   20 days    start from  
13-10-2006  to  24-10-2006  this period  every economic activities
stopped or became very slowly .......