Sham El-Nessim (Egyptian Easter)


Sham El-Nessim Customs Sham El-Nessim is a pharaonic custom inherited from the

Sham El-Nessim is an ancient Egyptian holiday that is celebrated on the day after Easter, which is generally in either late April or early May. The holiday is said to be more than 4000 years old and is believed to have originally been an agricultural festival celebrating the start of the spring season and the new growth of crops.

Today, Sham El-Nessim is celebrated by families throughout Egypt with picnics and outdoor activities. Traditional foods include salted fish, boiled eggs, and green onions, all of which symbolize the start of the new season. In addition, people often take the opportunity to visit parks and other outdoor spots to enjoy the warm weather and take part in various games and activities.

Sham El-Nessim is also a public holiday in Egypt, with government offices and many businesses closed for the day. It remains an important cultural tradition that is celebrated by Egyptians of all ages and backgrounds.

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